Radiation therapy for a rising PSA level after radical prostatectomy

R. Tiguert, J. D. Forman, M. Hussain, Jr Wood D.P.

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With the advent of routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing in asymptomatic young men, the number of patients undergoing radical prostatectomy is increasing. Effective therapy for the 30% to 40% of men who recur following radical prostatectomy is essential. Salvage radiation therapy for a rising serum PSA level is an effective therapy for controlling local recurrence. The impact of salvage radiotherapy on disease-free survival is promising, but the guidelines of therapy are not well established. The best candidates for salvage radiotherapy are those with a serum PSA level < 2 ng/mL with no palpable recurrence and complete urinary continence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Urologic Oncology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 20 1999


  • Radiation therapy
  • Radical prostatectomy
  • Serum PSA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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