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Quality of life after radical prostatectomy
Article published in Urologia Polska 2005/58/1.


Bartłomiej Gliniewicz, Andrzej Sikorski
Katedra i Klinika Urologii Pomorskiej Akademii Medycznej w Szczecinie
Kierownik kliniki: prof. dr hab. Andrzej Sikorski


prostate, prostate cancer, radical prostatectomy, post-prostatectomy quality of life


The interest in the problem of quality of life has been increasing recently, also in the group of patients with prostate cancer (PCa). Survival time is no longer the only factor determining the choice of treatment modality. A potential candidate for radical prostatectomy (RP) faces the risk of complications such as urinary incontinence and severe erectile dysfunction, which influence significantly the physical and social functioning of the individual.
aim of the study
To assess changes in the quality of life of patients with PCa clinically confined to the prostate, treated with RP.
material and method
Pre-and post-operative quality of life 12 months after the surgery was assessed in 31 consecutive patients treated with retropubic RP method, receiving no neoadjuvant or adjuvant treatment. In each case, health-related quality of life (HRQL) - general and PCa-specific - was evaluated. Polish versions of SF-36 and UCLA-PCI questionnaires were used in the study. Including evaluation of pre-operative quality of life allowed to treat the studied patients as controls for themselves.
On the average, for all general HRQL scales of the SF-36 questionnaire, 72% of the patients returned to pre-RP condition. Statistically significant differences in scores were found for the scales of the UCLA-PCI questionnaire concerning the function of the urinary tract and sexual activity. For all PCI scales, the average of over 65% of the patients returned to pre-RP condition.
RP does not exert a significant effect on the general HRQL - 12 months after the surgery, most patients report high levels of HRQL, comparable with pre-operative ones. Significant post-operative disturbances are reported with respect to the function of the urinary tract and sexual life. Considering the results of post-RP quality of life studies in talks with the patient awaiting treatment should help both patients and clinicians to assess more rationally the chances for cure and expected time to complete recovery.


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Bartłomiej Gliniewicz
Katedra i Klinika Urologii PAM
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