3 side effects men with prostate cancer fear the most

However, survival was their top priority, study shows

Men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer are likely to opt for treatments that strike a balance between survival and quality of life over those that offer the highest odds for survival, according to research presented at a cancer conference.

More than 600 men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer at a UK hospital were presented with two hypothetical treatment options, each with different impacts on likely survival, incontinence, impotency, recovery time and the need for additional treatment.

While survival was their top priority, they would also make certain trade-offs to reduce side effects, Professor Hashim Ahmed from the Imperial College in London told the National Cancer Research Institute conference in Scotland.

The study showed men were willing to reduce their survival odds by a small amount in order to avoid treatment side effects.

The top 3 side effects men preferred not to