Positive Surgical Margins – Do They Really Matter and Do They Effect How Long You Are Going To Live?

Men who elect to have a radical prostatectomy (surgical treatment for prostate cancer) as their primary treatment often panic if they find out that they had positive surgical margins (PSMs).  Positive surgical margins are an indication for the use of adjuvant radiotherapy.   Despite this automatic response the association between PSMs and prostate cancer-specific mortality (CSM) [...]