Radiation therapy in the spotlight (Part 2 of 2)

Published: May, 2008

Do economics and potential profits drive treatment recommendations?

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 187,000 men will learn this year that they have prostate cancer. For many of them, deciding how to treat the disease "" or even whether to treat it "" isn't easy. They can't simply plug variables, such as likelihood of a cure and future quality of life, into a complex mathematical equation and solve for x, their ideal treatment. Even after they read their pathology report, seek second opinions, and research treatment options online, many remain confused. Inevitably, that prompts the question: "What would you do, Doctor?"

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