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'Mismatched' prostate cancer treatment more common than expected
Date:11/25/2007

ely to have problems after treatment if they had received a mismatched treatment.

It could be that treatment choices are determined by factors other than those we asked about, or patients may decide to go ahead with mismatched treatments for their own reasons, knowing the risks, Talcott says. But it also could be that the open, frank conversations patients should have with their doctors arent taking place or that doctors arent making it clear to patients why they should be forthright about urinary, bowel or sexual problems they are having. He and his colleagues theorize that patients may be more open about addressing sensitive topics on a questionnaire than they are in conversation and suggest that factoring such a questionnaire into treatment decisions could reduce mismatches, a strategy they hope to study in the future.


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