Trust Me, I’m a Doctor

  Despite the Hippocratic Oath and Maimonides Prayer for the Physician offering guidance for physician conduct, patient trust in their doctors continues to erode. Unfortunately, the processes of medical counseling, informed consent and shared decision-making have been poisoned by unchecked financial conflicts-of-interest. From physicians getting paid to treat (the more they treat, the more they get paid – a prescription...Read More

More men with low-risk prostate cancer are forgoing aggressive treatment

  American doctors are successfully persuading increasing numbers of men with low-risk prostate cancer to reject immediate surgery and radiation in favor of surveillance, a trend that is sparing men's sexual health without increasing their risk of death. The latest evidence that more men are postponing aggressive therapy unless their symptoms worsen came in a large study published Tuesday that involved more...Read More

Surgical Overtreatment of Prostate Cancer May Be Decreasing

  In a study of patients who underwent radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer (PCa) in Eastern Ontario, Canada, investigators found that almost all patients in recent years have had clinically significant tumors, according to a new report. The finding suggests that overtreatment of PCa with surgery is in decline, which increases the benefits and decreases the risks of PCa screening, the investigators...Read More

$32 Million: Cost of Overtreatment of Prostate Cancer

  Amid mounting concern that many men with low-risk prostate cancer in the United States are being treated unnecessarily, risking harm for no major benefit, comes an analysis that calculates the financial cost of this overtreatment. Overtreatment costs more than $15,000 per person, which amounts to $32 million a year in the United States. "This is a poor use of healthcare resources," said...Read More