What are the risks from treatments?

What are the risks from treatments?

Oncologist Mark Scholz Transcript

Title: What are the risks from treatment?

The common mistake that is made by patients and doctors alike is to look at statistics and say well the statistics say this is 90% this won’t happen. That means it won’t happen. Well, that’s a big difference between 90% and 100% because you don’t know who’s going to turn out to be in the 10%. So when people are looking at all their options, just because something is likely to happen doesn’t mean it’s certain to happen. So we counsel patients to try and put themselves in the shoes of the what if. Consider, even if you are unlucky and had to live with this thing that’s not supposed to happen but what if it does happen. Can you live with that? Because it could happen. It’s an unfortunate thing that most people aren’t that sophisticated with statistics… if they were they wouldn’t go to Vegas. I mean you’re guaranteed to lose ultimately in Vegas. But people go for the fun of it… but this is a much bigger states decision because usually it’s just 1 decision, 1 bet and you put all the chips on the table and you win big or you lose big. Just because something’s not likely to happen doesn’t mean it won’t happen and then you’re living the rest of your life with that unfortunate bad outcome that shouldn’t have happened.

Closing Title: Evaluate risks carefully when considering treatments

Dr. Scholz discusses the risks from treatment that are sometimes overlooked.
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