Cancer patients need to be made fully aware of the options available to them


The Academy of Royal Colleges announced this week too many needless surgeries were being performed when there are other alternative treatments available. Doctors need to explain the risks associated with treatment options fully to their patients.

In the same vein, patients need to be made fully aware of the options available to them. Specifically, our experience with prostate cancer shows the majority of patients are not aware of the different, non-surgical options available to them. As specialists in LDR brachytherapy over the last 25 years, we have seen extensive results positively showing how seed (LDR) brachytherapy is just as effective as surgery, with far fewer side effects for patients such as incontinence and impotence. In a recent Prostate Cancer Study Research group paper, we discuss the patient benefits and reduced side effects in more detail.