Allina Health surgeon challenges study conclusions

[Pioneer Press, January 01, 0001] Men diagnosed with prostate cancer who underwent surgery for the disease didn't fare better in terms of mortality than men who were simply monitored by their doctors, according to a new study led by a Minneapolis researcher. The findings were published Thursday, July 19, in the New England Journal of Medicine.

But some surgeons challenged the study's findings. Dr. Peter Sershon, a urologist who operates at United Hospital in St. Paul, said that prostate cancer has a wide range of behaviors and each patient has a unique set of circumstances that defy blanket statements like those generated by the new study. For that reason, Sershon called the study's conclusions "dangerous."

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Posted on July 19, 2012 in cancernewspapersPioneer PressUnited Hospital

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