Type of Surgical Anesthesia Might Influence Prostate Cancer’s Return.

by Roger

Prostate cancer is found to affect more men aged 75 and over in the UK than any other form of the disease. Although no conclusive evidence has been found to suggest possible causes for its occurrence, researchers are now investigating an apparent link between the anaesthesia used during prostate cancer surgery, and the likelihood of the disease recurring.

Numbing Effects

According to a December 2013 article in HealthDay News, patients undergoing prostate cancer surgery who were given both local and general anaesthesia seemed to stand a better chance of not having it recur or spread to other areas. The reason seems to be that patients receiving spinal blocks containing opioids are less reliant on post-op painkillers, which can put a strain on the body’s immune system and prevent it from dealing with any stray cancer cells. However, experts pointed out that this was only an observation, and not proof of fact.

Testing Results

An online article in the Pharmacy Times of January 2014 reveals that studies conducted by the Mayo clinic do associate the use of neuraxial analgesia in place of general anaesthesia with more favourable long-term results of a prostatectomy. Experts involved in the studies are, however, again warning that far more randomised trials are necessary before these claims can be confirmed or refuted, but for those at risk the news is very encouraging.