This new tool helps prostate cancer patients decide on treatment

The online program can tell them what other men have opted to do

Patients with early-stage prostate cancer who are deciding on what management to follow can now see what other men in their situation have opted to do via an online tool. 

US doctors, working under the Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative, have developed the web-based program using data on the treatment choices of 5016 men with prostate cancer.

Another 2527 men with prostate cancer were asked to test the tool to see how often it predicted the treatment choice they would pick for themselves.

The tool was found to be highly accurate, according to the study published in the European Urology journal.

"There is often no one correct treatment option [for early prostate cancer] because the choice of prostate cancer treatment depends on personal preferences around treatment benefits and

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