The change of prostate cancer treatment in Korea: 5 year analysis of a single institution

Dong Hoon Lee, Ha Bum Jung, Mun Su Chung, Seung Hwan Lee, Byung Ha Chung

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

15 Citations (Scopus)


Purpose: We analyzed changes to the trends of prostate cancer management and patient characteristics at a single institute during 5 years due to the significant increase of the prostate cancer incidence and the robotic equipment in Korea. Materials and Methods: Prostate cancer patient data from a single institute recorded from 2006 to 2010 were analyzed. Cancer stage, initial treatment modalities, and the pattern of outpatient clinical management were reviewed. Results: Between 2006 and 2010, 386 prostate cancers were newly diagnosed at the institute. The proportion of localized and locally advanced cancer cases increased from 67% in 2006 to 79% in 2010 respectively. Among the treatment choices during follow-up in the out-patients clinic, the proportion of radical prostatectomies increased from 43% in 2006 to 62% in 2010. In contrast, the proportion of hormone therapies decreased from 58% to 37%. For initial treatment choice, radical prostatectomy was chosen for 59% of the patients who were newly diagnosed with cancer during the study period. However, hormone therapy alone was administrated as a primary therapy to 26%. Analysis of the radical prostatectomy subgroup showed that a robot-assisted technique was used in 83% of the patients, and the remaining 17% underwent an open radical prostatectomy. Conclusion: As the prostate cancer incidence increased in Korea, the proportion of localized and locally advanced cancer also increased. In addition, the main treatment modality changed from non-surgical treatment to radical prostatectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-91
Number of pages5
JournalYonsei medical journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'The change of prostate cancer treatment in Korea: 5 year analysis of a single institution'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this