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The Role of Medical Oncology in Prostate Cancer Treatment

         

August 20, 2010 – When prostate cancer is caught early, men typically see a urologist or radiation oncologist for care. That’s because surgery and radiation therapy are first-line treatments for the disease. Traditionally, medical oncologists don’t see patients unless they have advanced disease or their cancer has spread. In this episode of Cancer Connection, Siteman Cancer Center medical oncologist Bruce Roth, MD, discusses his specialty’s expanding role in the treatment of early stage prostate cancer. According to Roth, more patients are seeing medical oncologists sooner because pharmaceutical companies are developing better drugs to treat prostate cancer. He says the long-term goal is to develop therapies that work in concert with radiation therapy or surgery.

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