Weighing theTreatment Options for Prostate Cancer

As I get older I notice the incidence of prostate cancer among my male friends increasing; not something of which I was conscious twenty or so years ago.

An interesting article appeared in the April 7, 2009, edition of the Wall Street Journal (pages B9 and B11) written by Melinda Beck entitled "Prostate Cancer: Weighing Options." In it she presents a grid comparing various treatments, including active surveillance, to a prostatectomy, radioactive seeds, and various drug therapies.

I bring it to your attention simply as a quick summary of the treatment options and as a springboard for further research and discussion with treating physicians.