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ANCHOR LEAD: MEN WITH LOW GRADE PROSTATE CANCER CAN’T AFFORD TO BE UNINFORMED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Men with low grade prostate cancer are largely uninformed about the condition and the extensive range of options to treat it, a recent cancer management study found. Arthur Burnett, a prostate cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, says men need to educate themselves but must be selective in choosing their sources.
BURNETT: I think that patients certainly need to look toward proper sources of information. Societies have statements that they can access that hopefully represent the right kinds of clinicians who want patients to be informed about what to do, not just things they can access on the Internet and other sources that perhaps just represent one institutions’s guidelines or promoting one thing or another out there. :23
Burnett says comparisons between different sources are especially helpful in identifying disparities. He recommends bringing such information to your managing physician for explanation and interpretation. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.