Medicare to Consider Effectiveness of Prostate Cancer Treatments

Sunday, from Reuters:

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has asked a panel of outside experts meeting on Wednesday to say how confident they are that various types of radiation treatment can improve patient outcomes.

Researchers have found that many prostate cancers are so slow-growing that most men will die from other causes, sparking debate over whether diagnosis is too frequent and whether treatments, which also include surgery, are excessive. …

The experts will discuss the effectiveness of Accuray’s CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system and other radiation treatments such as external beam radiation and implantable radiation “seeds”.

In time I may have more to say about this. But not now.

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