So, Err, Rudy Giuliani Was Right?

You\’ll recall how Rudy Giuliani was mocked for his insistence that early treatment of prostate cancer enabled him to survive? The way in which everyone leapt up and down and insisted that the difference between the US and European numbers on years of survival was simply earlier diagnosis, not actually better outcomes?

Taking hormonal therapy early can help to slow the spread of prostate cancer by up to eight years, a study has shown.

Four months of hormone therapy delayed the spread of prostate cancer by eight years, American researchers report online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The effect of the treatment is to lower levels of the male sex hormone testosterone in the blood. It is an established treatment, but is generally given later in the course of the disease and for longer periods, when it can have damaging side-effects. “By taking a little bit of hormonal therapy early, patients may avoid having to take a lot of it later,” said Mack Roach, of the University of California in San Francisco, who led the team.

My word, seems he\’s right (even if for the wrong reasons).

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