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Ask Dr. Gott 2/8

Consider all options for prostate cancer

DEAR DR. GOTT: In early 1997, my enlarged prostate was removed. My PSA was barely detectable in 2001, but in late 2003 it was 0.5, and in early 2005 it was 1.4. Our local radiation oncologist recommended immediate radiation treatments, saying his cure rate indicated 35 percent to 50 percent odds of a cure in my case with less than 5 percent permanent side effects. I consulted an oncology-urology team at Hershey Medical Center and was informed the cure rate was 20 percent with possible side effects of colon damage, incontinence, etc. Whom do I believe? Hormone therapy ...

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