Preference for Sexual Function Preservation Not Always Reflected in Treatment Choices, Study Finds

Preference for Sexual Function Preservation Not Always Reflected in Treatment Choices, Study Finds
While preserving sexual function was one of the most important factors for many men undergoing prostate cancer (PC) treatment, this preference was not reflected in the treatments chosen by men with low-risk PC, a new research study found. The study detailing this finding, “Prostate Cancer Patient Characteristics Associated With a Strong Preference to Preserve Sexual Function and Receipt of Active Surveillance,” was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Men with early-stage prostate cancer have multiple options with similar benefit, but that vary in terms of how it affects their quality of life. While active surveillance is the best option for preserving sexual function, it is not clear if a patient's preference is affecting treatment selection. To address this matter, researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center conducted a survey of nearly 1,200 prostate cancer patients in North Carolina. The team found that more than half (52.6 percent) indicated that preserving sexual function was “very important.” However, this preference was not reflected in the treatment choices made by men with low-risk PC, researchers reported, which could indicate that patients might have been insufficiently informed about their options. Of the 568 men identified in the survey as having low-risk PC, 43.4 percent received active surveillance. The approach consists on regul
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