A recent publication, involving 619 Canadian patients undergoing radical prostatectomy (RP), suggests that increased delays to time of surgery may be associated with higher rates of biochemical recurrence (BCR)  in men with high-risk disease. However, BCR per se is not strongly correlated to the “hard” outcomes of developing metastases or increase cancer mortality that are more heavily influenced by Gleason score (GS) and pathological stage. The manuscript concludes “…further studies are warranted to assess the impact of SWT (surgical wait time) on cancer-specific survival and overall survival (OS)” and additional retrospective studies with larger cohorts were requested.
- radical prostatectomy
- cancer mortality
- biochemical recurrence (BCR)
Moretti, K., Shi, Z., Kopsaftis, T., & O'Callaghan, M. (2018). Delays in radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer and survival outcomes. WORLD JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, 36(8), 1337-1338. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00345-018-2265-z