Most Low-Risk Prostate Cancer Patients Receive Aggressive Treatment
Study suggests many men may be treated unnecessarily
A new study reports that most men with low-risk prostate cancer are nevertheless undergoing aggressive treatment in the form of radiation therapy or surgery, both of which can have significant side effects like impotence or incontinence.
“You might say that if any group could have less aggressive treatment, that’s the group you would look at,” says Robert DiPaola, M.D., coauthor of the study and director of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. “But yet 75 percent of that group had some form of more aggressive treatment—any form of radiation therapy, including seed implants, or surgery.”