Prostate Cancer Choice a Coin Toss?
Uncertainty, Faulty Info Confuse Men Facing Prostate Cancer Treatment
Choosing a Prostate Cancer Treatment continued...
When a man does make his decision on prostate cancer treatment, Smith says, he tends not to regret it -- even if the outcome isn't as good as he'd hoped.
"The real issue for the doctor is how do you prepare and present authoritative information so that whatever decision the patient makes, he feels he made the right one at the time and knew what to expect afterwards," Smith says.
Unfortunately, there's still a long way to go before doctors can offer men more help with these questions.
"We may have been placing a lot of emphasis on questions about testing, and we need to place more emphasis on questions about treatment," Smith says. "Because men have to feel confident later that they had made the right decision."