Prostate cancer is never an emergency
This is from Duffy Myers Prostapedia, October 2017:
So then men should definitely ask their urologist how the imaging information might change things before the imaging study is even ordered?
Dr. Cooperberg: Absolutely. You should never order any test—imaging or otherwise—that is not going to change your management, not going
to change what you do. Otherwise, there is no point in doing the test.
If your doctor doesn’t have an answer to that question, should you find another urologist?
Dr. Cooperberg: I wouldn’t get the test. I would get another opinion. Prostate cancer is never an emergency. You can always collect more opinions.
I think very few people realize that.
Dr. Cooperberg: I know. That’s a point we have to make over and over again.
Cancer is frightening.
Dr. Cooperberg: I know, but everyone needs to realize that we use the “C” word for a lot of things that can happen in life. Pancreatic cancer is on one end of the spectrum and prostate cancer is at the other end. It’s very uncommon that prostate cancer needs to be treated within days, weeks, or even months.
You have the leisure of educating yourself.
Dr. Cooperberg: There is always time to collect a couple of opinions. These are permanent, potentially lifechanging decisions. It’s much worse to end up regretting your choices for decades than to spend some extra time getting educated.
(Bold emphsis added)
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