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"There is growing funding for prostate cancer research, and much of it is heading in the right direction," American Cancer Society Director of Prostate Cancer Durado Brooks, MD, tells WebMD. "But unfortunately, because of the complexity of this disease -- the fact that it is slow growing and mostly occurs in an older population -- it is difficult to get a handle on. It is not likely that we will have useful answers for several years."
Brooks says the report should be of value to clinicians treating prostate cancer because it gives them easy access to the latest research.
"Prostate cancer treatment decisions have to be made on a patient-by-patient basis, and the more information everyone has, the better," he says. "Some men are very uncomfortable with the idea of having cancer in their body, while others may be OK with watching blood tests for a while."