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ASTRO and AUA issue joint guideline for radiation therapy after prostatectomy
Date:5/7/2013

) patients should be informed of the possible short-term and long-term urinary, bowel and sexual side effects of radiation therapy, as well as the potential benefits of controlling disease recurrence.

In addition to Drs. Valicenti and Thompson, authors of the The Adjuvant and Salvage Radiotherapy After Prostatectomy: ASTRO/AUA Guideline include Eric A. Klein, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic; S. Larry Goldenberg, MD, of the Vancouver Prostate Centre at the University of British Columbia; Peter C. Albertsen, MD, of the University of Connecticut Health Center; Jeff M. Michalski, MD, MBA, FASTRO, of the Siteman Cancer Center at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis; Mack Roach, III, MD, of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, San Francisco; Oliver Sartor, MD, of the Tulane University School of Medicine; Brian J. Davis, MD, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic; and Martha Faraday, PhD, of Four Oaks Inc.

"This guideline explicitly includes a multitude of significant clinical trial results from more than 20 years of thorough research," said Dr. Valicenti. "There is a critical need for evidence-based standards, recommendations and options to maximize our ultimate goal of increased patient survival and quality of life. This guideline is a compendium of the vast wealth of research available and provides a thorough treatment template for us to consider for prostate cancer patients after a radical prostatectomy."

"The work of the AUA and ASTRO staff, as well as our exceptional guideline panelists, was outstanding," said Dr. Thompson. "This guideline provides a very practical approach for the clinician to help guide in patient decision-making that will result in the very best patient outcomes."

The Adjuvant and Salvage Radiotherapy After Prostatectomy: ASTRO/AUA Guideline is jointly copyrighted by ASTRO and the AUA. It will serve as a new, living manifesto of both specialties' dedication to
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