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Physician bias in prostate cancer treatment? | MassDevice.com On Call

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 8:29am
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Are physician biases in favor of their own fields driving aggressive prostate cancer treatment for low-risk patients?

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A Mayo Clinic study of prostate cancer treatment found that active surveillance for low-risk patients was prescribed in frequently, and that physicians tend to lean toward their own fields when recommending more aggressive treatment.

"While active surveillance is widely regarded as an effective strategy for managing low-risk prostate cancer, a Mayo Clinic study of 643 urologists and radiation oncologists found that only 21% of physicians studied recommended the strategy while 47% recommended surgery and 32% recommended radiation therapy," according to a press release.

Furthermore, the study found that radiation oncologists tended to recommend radiation while most urologists recommended surgery for low-risk patients.

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