Prostate cancer patients who smoke might be increasing their risk of having their cancer return in the future or possibly dying from prostate cancer, a new study revealed.
The study, published online Jan. 27 in BJU International showed that smoking could double a patient’s chances of having their cancer spread and interfere with treatment. Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center looked at 2,156 patients who received external beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer between 1998 and 2005, according to a report on the Memorial Sloan Kettering website. Dividing the patients into two groups — smokers and non-smokers, researchers investigated how frequently the patients had a biochemical relapse 10 years after starting external beam radiation therapy.
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