Scottish Researchers Develop Prostate Cancer Checklist to Help Patients Weigh Treatment Options

Scottish Researchers Develop Prostate Cancer Checklist to Help Patients Weigh Treatment Options
Prostate cancer patients and their doctors can now get enhanced guidance on treatment options and consequences, thanks to a new checklist developed by researchers at Scotland's University of Aberdeen. As described in their study, “A core outcome set for localised prostate cancer effectiveness trials,” which appeared in BJU International, the checklist covers the 19 most important core outcomes when evaluating possible treatments. It is likely to be useful to medical professionals seeking to "decode" the results of current prostate cancer medical trials, which might translate into better assistance when deciding which treatments would benefit their patients.   The three-year systematic review that led to creation of the checklist received funding from Cancer Research Aberdeen and North East Scotland (CRANES). It included reviews of hundreds of prostate cancer trials worldwide. Surprisingly, the study found dozens of distinct ways to define and measure the same outcomes, making it difficult to compare and contrast various findings. University of Aberdeen researchers have developed
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