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LOW GRADE PROSTATE CANCER

ANCHOR LEAD: MEN WITH LOW GRADE PROSTATE CANCER NEED TO BE INFORMED ABOUT THE RANGE OF TREATMENT OPTIONS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Most men who are told they have low grade prostate cancer don’t understand that a host of treatment options exist, one of which is simply keeping an eye on the condition.  That’s according to a cancer management study assessing patient knowledge.  Arthur Burnett, a prostate cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.

BURNETT:  From a patient’s perspective I think it reminds patients that they need to play an active role here in their final best management.  Even among physicians there may be biases, there may be a lack of complete knowledge, so they have to be proactive themselves to be responsible to themselves.  I certainly emphasize that with any patient I have, and it think this also makes the statement that we recognize that patients are not well informed, that they also need to step it up themselves and take their own initiatives.                  :27

Burnett says the majority of men with low grade prostate cancer have the luxury of some time to become educated about the disease before making treatment decisions.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.



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