How important are quality of life issues?

How important are quality of life issues?

Oncologist Mark Scholz Transcript

Title: How important are quality of life issues?

People have to inject their own priorities. Some people have a very active sex life as we’ve talked about before and the thought of losing it is it would have a devastating impact on their quality of life. Other people it might be a lower priority. Some people are older, some are younger, so there are all kinds of different factors for the clients. We’re trying to emphasize with newly-diagnosed patients is that you need to prioritize quality of life. Since this particular illness, prostate cancer, has such low mortality rates men are almost guaranteed to be living with this for years and years and years… so if men are projected to live another 15 years and have a good quality 15 years that’s a victory… so these are some of the most valuable years of a person’s life and the quality of life perspective is what we try and emphasize.

Closing Title: Personal preferences are vital when considering active surveillance

Dr. Scholz discusses how quality of life issues are important to consider when deciding whether active surveillance is the right choice.
Oncologist Mark Scholz

Dr. Scholz is a board-certified medical oncologist and serves as Executive Director of the Prostate Cancer Research Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to patient education and research. The PCRI website (pcri.org) provides a wealth of information for prostate cancer patients. In addition, PCRI serves the needs of patients and significant others with a help-line staff that provides free, informational consultations.

Dr. Scholz is the co-author with patient Ralph Blum of the book Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers: No More Unnecessary Biopsies, Radical Treatment or Loss of Potency. Prostatesnatchers.blogspot.com provides regular blog postings from Mark and Ralph.  Mark has advised many patients navigating a regimen of active surveillance along with men following all of the other prostate cancer interventions and courses of treatment.
Video reviewed and approved by Dr. Scholz, August 1, 2015