A Patient-Centered Look at Prostate Cancer
For the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the news cycle—especially coverage of health. But as big an issue as COVID is, it’s not the only disease we have to worry about. Heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are still significant causes of disability and death and will continue to be long after the COVID crisis has passed. And for men in particular, there’s one more serious illness that we shouldn’t overlook: Prostate cancer. Every year, nearly 200,000 men are diagnosed with the disease and more than 33,000 will die.
While public and private spending on female-specific cancers dwarfs spending on male-specific cancers, one organization, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI—a U.S.-based non-profit created through the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) has funded a number of important prostate-cancer studies designed to “help patients and those who care for them make better-informed healthcare decisions.” Let’s take a look at a few of them.
- “Helping Men with Prostate Cancer Determine Their Preferences for Treatment.” This 2019 study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, provided an overview of the major treatment options for men with localized prostate cancer (meaning that it hasn’t spread to…