PROSTATE CANCER DISPARITY
ANCHOR LEAD: LOWER INCOME MEN OFTEN FACE FEWER PROSTATE CANCER CHOICES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Lower income men with prostate cancer may be offered few choices when it comes to how their disease is managed, a recent study in the journal Cancer found. Arthur Burnett, a prostate cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, says where men were treated also had an impact.
BURNETT: Men treated at county hospitals underwent surgery more likely, whereas the private providers were more likely to undergo radiation therapy or even primary androgen deprivation for what may be equivalent disease preparations. And the suggestion by the authors here was that the private provider settings allowed the patients to have a more balanced discussion, perhaps were exposed to different disciplines to be able to be more informed about other options to be made available to them to consider. Exposures may dictate what treatment you receive. :29
Burnett says all men with prostate cancer should seek a number of opinions on their best treatment options to assure an informed choice. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.