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