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Low-Risk Prostate Cancer, Observation Safe And Cost-Effective

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Main Category: Prostate / Prostate Cancer
Also Included In: Cancer / Oncology;  Urology / Nephrology
Article Date: 18 Jun 2013 – 0:00 PDT

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Observation is safe, cost-effective, and results in a better quality of life for patients with low-risk, localized prostate cancer, rather than undergoing immediate treatment, says a study carried out at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The study findings were published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

According to the authors, their statistical models demonstrated that for 70% of men with low-risk prostate cancer at diagnosis “observation is a reasonable and, in some situations, cost-saving alternative to initial treatment.”

Julia Hayes, MD, and team believe that their findings confirm that active surveillance and watchful waiting, often referred to as observation, is a reasonable option with low-risk prostate cancer – an option that is underused.

Dr. Hayes said:

“About 70 percent of men in this country have low-risk prostate cancer, and it’s estimated that 60 percent of them are treated unnecessarily.”

This is a huge number of patients with low-risk prostate cancer who either receive some form of radiation therapy or undergo a radical prostatectomy (their prostate gland is surgically removed), and face the pain and discomfort of treatment, plus the risk of urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

Localized Prostate Cancer – Removal No Better Than Observation

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