Prostate Cancer Patients Usually Report Their Comorbidities Accurately, Prospective Study Shows

Prostate Cancer Patients Usually Report Their Comorbidities Accurately, Prospective Study Shows
Prostate cancer patient reports are a reliable strategy for assessing the presence of certain comorbidities, according to a study by the University of North Carolina (UNC). The study, “Comparison of Patient Report and Medical Records of Comorbidities,” appeared in the journal JAMA Oncology and supports the use of patient reports, which are less expensive than medical records in helping to choose appropriate treatments and monitor patient outcomes. Men with prostate cancer are burdened with disease comorbidities, or the presence of additional diseases that affect treatment decisions. For example, doctors often suggest radical prostatectomy — or surgically removing the prostate — to younger patients with fewer comorbidities. On the other hand, older patients with more frequent comorbidities often receive radiotherapy and conservative management such as hormone therapy or active surveillance. In their study, UNC researchers compared patient reports and medical records to assess the level of agreement between both methods in patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer. They analyzed data from 881 men enrolled in the North Carolina Prostate Cancer Comparative Effectiveness & Survivorship Study (NC ProCESS) — a prospective, population-based cohort of patients diagnosed between January 2011 and June 2013. Researchers looked at the 20 most common comorbidities usually present in cancer patients: cardiovascular diseases (myocardial infarction, congestive heart fa
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