3 Professional Societies Issue Joint Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Care

3 Professional Societies Issue Joint Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Care
Three professional societies — the American Urological Association, the American Society for Radiation Oncology and the Society of Urologic Oncology — have issued a series of evidence-based clinical guidelines on how to manage localized prostate cancer. The recommendations urge physicians to take cancer severity into account when considering treatment option, but also stress the importance of shared treatment decision-making, in which physician explain and guide their patients through the many options available. “Selecting optimal care for each prostate cancer patient is a complex process that requires physicians to help patients choose options consistent with the patient's own values and in accordance with the best available scientific evidence,” Dr. Martin G. Sanda, MD, chair of the guideline development panel and the urology department at Atlanta's Emory School of Medicine, said in a press release. “The new clinical guideline offers a framework to facilitate such shared decision-making, while also specifying which cancers are better managed by active surveillance, as well as providing guidance as to which treatments are appropriate for cancers warranting intervention," said Sanda. "It also provides specifics for implementing care options, managing side effects and administering post-treatment follow-up." Before it was finalized, many peer rev
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