By the way, doctor: Is 60 too old to be treated for prostate cancer?

Published: January, 2010

Q. I have heard that doctors feel men over 60 shouldn't be treated for prostate cancer because they're old enough that they are going to die anyway. Is that so?

A. Goodness, no. Any doctor will treat a person for cancer if he or she thinks that treatment will extend that person's life and reduce suffering, regardless of that person's age. And many men over age 60 are treated for prostate cancer.

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