Need for hospital care and palliative treatment for prostate cancer treated with noncurative intent

J Urol. 1995 Aug;154(2 Pt 1):466-9. doi: 10.1097/00005392-199508000-00034.


Purpose: We investigate the ultimate need for palliative treatments and hospital care in prostate cancer patients treated with noncurative intent.

Materials and methods: A retrospective analysis was done of 514 prostate cancer patients who died between 1988 and 1990.

Results: Of the patients who later died of prostate cancer 61% needed 1 or more palliative treatments (transurethral resection of the prostate, radiation treatment or upper urinary tract diversion) before death. An average of 5 weeks was spent in the hospital due to prostate cancer.

Conclusions: Patients who failed deferred treatment (thus dying of prostate cancer) needed a considerable amount of hospital care and palliative therapy before they ultimately died of the disease.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Hospitalization*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Palliative Care*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / mortality
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / pathology
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Survival Rate