More prostate cancer patients get radiation when doctors own the equipment

(Reuters Health) – – Men with prostate cancer that hasn’t spread to surrounding tissues are more likely to get radiation therapy if they’re diagnosed by doctors who own radiation machines, a Texas study suggests.

Most men with prostate cancer have this kind of tumor. Treatment options include surgery, radiation, or so-called “active surveillance” that involves holding off on treatment and instead doing periodic tests to see if the malignancies grow. Often, doctors and patients struggle to choose the best option, because it’s hard to tell which tumors will grow fast enough to be potentially life-threatening and which ones might never get big enough to cause problems.

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