Biased treatment advice on prostate cancer
From MedPage Today:
Men trying to decide how to have their localized prostate cancer treated may get incomplete or biased advice from both physicians and patient-education materials, a review of the literature suggested.
For example, urologists nearly universally indicate that surgery is the optimal treatment strategy, and radiation oncologists similarly indicate that radiation therapy is optimal, said Scott D. Ramsey, M.D., Ph.D., of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center here, and colleagues.
“Given the bias in treatment preference by specialty, it is likely there is discordance in which treatment options are provided to patients and the strength of individual recommendations associated with each option,” Dr. Ramsey and colleagues wrote in a study published online today by the journal Cancer.
There’s a real shortage of unbiased advice. Even if patients turn to their health plan for information there may be bias toward less expensive options.March 28, 2006