All men with prostate cancer need to ensure that they have opinions for treatment from both a radiation oncologist as well as the surgeon who diagnoses the cancer. There is strong evidence now for radiation therapy being as effective as surgery in curing prostate cancer. Recent studies suggest that sexual and urinary side effects are better long term with radiation therapy compared to surgery. A referral to a radiation oncologist can be given by either the urologist or a General Practitioner. There is time to investigate the available information from experts before deciding on the treatment choice.
Prof. Ian R Gardener, the Principal Medical Advisor Department of Veterans’ Affairs, advises all men diagnosed with prostate cancer to obtain an independent second opinion from an appropriate specialist such as a radiation oncologist.
08/05/2018 — Patient and health sector feedback is still sought on a draft prostate cancer Position Statement created by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists’ (RANZCR) Faculty of Radiation Oncology.
The ‘Informed Decision Making in the Management of Localised Prostate Cancer – A Patient Focused Perspective’ statement advocates for men with prostate cancer to be fully informed about treatment options, including costs, before any decision is made about active treatment. It calls for true multidisciplinary, patient-centred care, supporting men to fully explore choices to allow each man to decide what is best for him.
In the vast majority of cases, consultation with both a radiation oncologist and a urologist prior to any decision being made, provides the optimal model of care.
Comments from all interested parties are encouraged and will be taken on board before final publication of the statement.
More information is available by clicking here. Comments must be submitted by Monday, May 14 2018.
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