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Choose Wisely: Therapeutic Decisions and Quality of Life in Patients With Prostate Cancer

Maureen E. O'Rourke
CJON 2007, 11(3), 401-408 DOI: 10.1188/07.CJON.401-408

A diagnosis of localized prostate cancer propels patients and their partners into the complex realm of decision making. The decision-making process and final choice of treatment affect quality of life (QOL). Physical, social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of QOL all can be impacted. Making a choice regarding cancer treatment is a high-risk decision. The decision-making process for localized prostate cancer is complicated further by a lack of scientific evidence that supports one treatment rather than another.

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