Veterans Help VA Researchers with Prostate Cancer Study
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has recently released their report regarding a major veterans’ healthcare research initiative on the effectiveness of surgery for improving the mortality rate of veterans with prostate cancer. A total of 731 veterans suffering the disabling effects of prostate cancer participated in the study.
The participants were divided into two treatment groups. One group underwent a complete prostatectomy where the entire gland was surgically removed. The other group received treatment for symptoms and health conditions related to the cancer. Over a period of 8-15 years, the health of the veterans was monitored and tracked for the study.
Researchers found that the group whose prostate glands were removed suffered more disabling health conditions such as erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and bowel dysfunction than the group who did not undergo surgery. There was also little difference in the mortality rate between the two groups.
The results of this study may reduce the use of prostatectomy, and may lead to a higher focus on non-surgical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Prostate cancer is a disabling condition from which many veterans now suffer due to exposure to toxic materials or environmental hazards while serving on active duty.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.