Swedish Study Demonstrates Sharing Data Reduces Unnecessary Prostate Cancer Scans

Date: 
Mon, 2013-08-12 08:41

OncologyNurseAdvisor.com

August 12

Swedish Study Demonstrates Sharing Data Reduces Unnecessary Prostate Cancer Scans

The rate of inappropriate cancer scans for low-risk prostate cancer patients in Sweden plummeted in the decade following a joint campaign to curtail such tests. The results suggest that curtailing unneeded medical tests, an urgent health care policy goal in the United States, is achievable. According to lead author Danil V. Makarov, MD, extensive cancer scans checking for metastases are discouraged for patients who have low-grade, slow-growing prostate tumors, which have almost no risk for metastasis.

- Danil Makarov, MD, assistant professor, Department of Urology and Population Health

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