Second opinions not likely to change prostate cancer treatment

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – Though many men diagnosed with prostate cancer seek a second opinion before beginning treatment, second opinions are unlikely to change their treatment decisions, according to a U.S. study. Prostate cancer management options range from surgery and radiation to “watchful waiting.” Most men with prostate cancer are over age 65 and do not die from the disease, so treatment may not improve health or lengthen life in all cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We were surprised by the relatively large percentage of men who obtain second opinions for their prostate cancer,” said lead author Dr. Archana Radhakrishnan of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
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