Delaying Treatment May be Right Choice for Some Prostate Cancer Patients
The diagnosis of a serious medical condition is often accompanied by concern about how an individual will take care of their family while facing treatment and recovery. Long-term disability benefits may be available to help offset lost income during this time.
According to Medline Plus, a new study shows that monitoring prostate cancer instead of providing immediate treatment benefits some patients. This comes after analyzing 466 patients with prostate cancer who chose to wait it out before receiving treatment.
Over a 4 year period of time, they did just as well as those who had received treatment. This presents the possibility that individuals who are diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer or intermediate-risk cancer can hold off on seeking aggressive treatment.
Since prostate cancer is a slow-growing type of cancer, receiving immediate treatment may end up being unnecessary for some individuals if it ends up never progressing.
Some of the treatment includes surgery which can have long-term effects such as erectile dysfunction or urinary incontinence. This may be causing individuals to suffer needlessly.
As it stands today, patients who are at low risk have an option with regard to treatment. They can be monitored for a time. Those with an intermediate risk are typically not offered this; however, these findings suggest that some of them should be.
Patients who are diagnosed with prostate cancer are encouraged to seek second opinions and to make sure they have discussed all options with their doctor.
Meanwhile, a long-term disability representative can answer all of your questions about long-term disability benefits if it becomes clear that you are going to miss an extended period of time from work.
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