Quality of life after radical prostatectomy in elderly men: Original Article

Shunichi Namiki, Shigeto Ishidoya, Tatsuo Tochigi, Akihiro Ito, Yoichi Arai

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Objectives: To evaluate the impact of radical prostatectomy (RP) on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in elderly men with prostate cancer. Methods: Between January 2002 and December 2006, a total of 205 elderly men (≥70 years) undergoing RP participated in our longitudinal outcome study. Patients completed general (Short Form 36) and disease-specific (University of California, Los Angeles Prostate Cancer Index) HRQOL questionnaires. A t-test was used to compare each HRQOL score after RP with the baseline scores and Cox proportional hazard models to characterize the recovery trends. Results: Patients undergoing RP showed physical problems, which diminished over time. Several emotional domains significantly improved during the follow-up period. By 2 years postoperatively, 57% and 81% of subjects had fully returned to baseline urinary function and bother, respectively. Mean recovery time to baseline urinary function and bother was 8.3 months and 4.7 months, respectively. When incontinence was defined as 'no pad', 82% of patients reported continence. Whereas only 25% of patients returned to the baseline sexual function level, 83% had reached baseline sexual bother. Among those returning to their own baseline scores, the mean recovery time was 10.9 months for sexual function and 5.3 months for sexual bother. Conclusions: Selected elderly patients can achieve satisfactory functional outcomes after RP. These outcomes should be considered when decisions about treatment are made.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)813-819
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Urology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct


  • Elderly men
  • Prostate cancer
  • Quality of life
  • Radical prostatectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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