A history of prostate cancer treatment

Nat Rev Cancer. 2002 May;2(5):389-96. doi: 10.1038/nrc801.


The increased incidence of prostate cancer has led to remarkable changes in diagnosis and treatment over the past century. What were the first ways in which prostate cancer was treated, and how did these evolve into the variety of therapeutic strategies from which patients have to choose today?

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Portrait
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal / history
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal / therapeutic use
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prostatectomy / history
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / history*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / therapy
  • Radiotherapy / history
  • Therapeutics / history*


  • Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal