PROSTATE CANCER TRENDS
ANCHOR LEAD: WHAT DO MEN USUALLY DO WHEN THEY FIND OUT THEY HAVE PROSTATE CANCER? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Treatment of prostate cancer remains an area of tremendous controversy. Now a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology examines national data on how men are generally being treated. Arthur Burnett, a prostate cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, describes the study.
BURNETT: We find that about half the men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer did have prostatectomies. About 25% had radiation, then some did have other forms of treatments with hormonal treatments for even newly diagnosed prostate cancer. And what we learn here is that there’s data suggested an overtreatment of low risk disease and undertreatment of high risk disease although as time has gone on there seems to be some improvement of overtreatment of low risk disease, but in point of fact we could still be undertreating high risk disease and perhaps could be a bit more aggressive about it. :30
Burnett recommends obtaining a second and perhaps even a third opinion for men who’ve just been diagnosed with prostate cancer. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.