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Prostate cancer blog: Single Men May Forgo Re-treatment Of Prostate Cancer

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Nov 16, 2005

Single Men May Forgo Re-treatment Of Prostate Cancer

Single Men May Forgo Re-treatment Of Prostate Cancer
Single men with prostate cancer that has spread to the bone are less likely to receive repeat radiation therapy to alleviate the pain than their married counterparts, a team at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia reports.

Dr. Andre Konski presented the results of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiation and Oncology annual meeting, that was held recently in Denver.

Investigators analyzed data from men with metastatic prostate cancer who were treated with various radiation doses. The main objective was to evaluate outcomes based upon marital status.

Konski found that single men were less likely to seek re-treatment than married men.

The difference in re-treatment rates may be due to less social support and encouragement among single men, Konski said. "We need to come up with strategies to support them, such as nurse follow-up and patient navigators who can help them through the healthcare system."

"We are just starting to scratch the surface of this population as far as what they need or their attitudes," he told Reuters Health. He added that these findings "might suggest a more aggressive first treatment, knowing that the patient is unlikely to come back."


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Prostate cancer
The prostate gland is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum in male. The tube that carries urine runs through the prostate. The prostate contains cells that make some of the seminal fluid. This fluid protects and nourishes the sperm. Prostate cancer usually starts in the gland cells of the prostate. This kind of cancer is known as adenocarcinoma. Prostate cancer is usually a slow disease, but sometimes it can grow fast and spread quickly to other organs.

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