FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2006


Laura Cavender

Lombardi Director Dritschilo Comments on JAMA Study on Effectiveness of Prostate Cancer Treatments

Washington, DC-- This week's Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) contains new research findings about radiation therapy after surgery for prostate cancer. Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Interim Director Anatoly Dritschilo, M.D., commented on the paper, released November 15:

"I would interpret this paper as a positive clinical trial in favor of post-operative radiation therapy for men with high risk findings following surgery. It is consistent with previously reported retrospective clinical trials, but carries more weight because it is a prospective and randomized study. Based on these findings, additional studies will be able to further refine patient selection in order to ensure patients receive the treatments that will be the most effective for them."

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