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Prostate Cancer (cont.)

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Controversy in prostate cancer today

While many areas are subjects of ongoing clinical study and differences of opinion, many now agree that patients with recently diagnosed prostate cancer are sometimes feeling pushed by their doctors along therapeutically aggressive and expensive paths. This argument has impacted screening recommendations, among others. It is true that many patients will be advised to have surgery by surgeons and radiation by radiation specialists and often don't know how to weigh the options put before them. It is imperative that patients be offered support and counsel by others at this time, including their primary care doctors, medical oncologists, or others with some medical expertise to help weigh the options patients have before them. More and more literature is becoming available in print and online to which patients may also be referred at this time. Such counsel can help relieve patients' anxieties and also help them to make both a sensible and potentially cost-effective decision.

For further information on prostate cancer, contact your local branch of the American Cancer Society or call 1-800-ACS2345.

Medically reviewed by Paul Oneill, MD; Board Certified Oncology, and Jay B. Zatzkin, MD American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Medical Oncology

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2013

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