Nov 06, 2012 - 11:37 am
Here's an interesting article that I found about the financial conflicts of interest that may cause doctors to over "prescribe" IMRT and HT for PCa patients:
It is commonly reported (here and elsewhere) that urologists routinely recommend surgery for treatment of PCa, even though other potentially less damaging radiation treatments are available.
This article indicates that there are some doctors who recommend radiation (specifically IMRT) and hormone treatment (like lupron) over surgery and other less expensive treatments because of the financial incentives to do so.
Just goes to prove that you should ALWAYS get a 2nd opinion about any medical condition before you are treated and to specifically ask (or find out) if the doctor has a financial interest in the recommended treatment.