Prostate Cancer Survival

Cancer of the prostate gland is a serious health risk for men. In fact, this year more than 238,000 American men will be diagnosed. The good news is that prostate cancer is the most survivable form of cancer in men, especially if it is detected early, before it can spread.
As a patient at City of Hope, your odds of surviving prostate cancer are excellent. Our innovative treatment options and technologies can help you recover faster, with fewer side effects.
A national database of cancer outcomes is maintained jointly by the American Cancer Society and the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.  Each year, the National Cancer Database (NCDB) provides data to hospitals to allow each institution to compare its results with those obtained nationally.
The chart below compares survivorship over a five year period for City of Hope patients, who have had stage II or III prostate cancer and were treated by surgery, with patients nationally who have had the same treatment for the same stages of their disease.
At City of Hope, our survivorship exceeds the survival rate of patients treated at other cancer programs that report their data to the Commission on Cancer (CoC).  For Stages I and IV Prostate Cancer, there is insufficient data to track survivorship.
Data include both patients diagnosed at City of Hope and those who visit post-diagnosis as well as initial treatment elsewhere.   Higher curves for City of Hope indicate better survival results, reflecting excellent care at City of Hope.  Although some variation between the curves may also be due to timing of referral to City of Hope, and other details of the patients’ situations.
Survivorship is of utmost importance at City of Hope, yet quality-of-life is equally important.  The statistics below provide insight to continence and potency after surgery for prostate cancer at City of Hope.

Time to Continence
a) Greater than 90% of men less than 65 years of age achieve bladder control within one year.
b) Median time to achieve bladder control is 1.5 months after catheter removal.
c) Of all men who have prostatectomy, only 2% require a procedure to achieve bladder control.

Time to Potency

a) Approximately 73% of all patients are potent at two years.
b) Approximately 87% of men less than 55 years of age are potent at two years.
c) Approximately 75% of men 55-64 years of age are potent at two years.