Patients Undergoing Multiple Systemic Therapies for Metastatic Prostate Cancer Expect a Cure

Share this content:
A third of individuals with metastatic prostate cancer expect that multiple systemic therapies may cure their cancer.
A third of individuals with metastatic prostate cancer expect that multiple systemic therapies may cure their cancer.

Patient expectations for the outcome of multiple systemic therapies to treat metastatic prostate cancer often do not match those of health care providers.1

Multiple systemic therapies are offered to patients with metastatic prostate cancer to prolong survival. However, one-third of men with metastatic prostate cancer have the expectation that multiple systemic therapies may cure their cancer, according to a study presented at the 2017 Genitourinary Cancer symposium.

In the study, men with metastatic prostate cancer completed a survey to assess their expectations from treatment. Of the 96 men who completed the survey, 32 (33%) reported an expectation that the cancer would be cured; 8% reported that it was very likely, 14% reported that it was somewhat likely, and 11% reported that it was a little likely.

Higher expectations of a cure were associated with higher optimism scores. Non-Caucasian patients had lower expectations than Caucasian patients. In addition, patients with better overall health had greater odds of expecting a cure than patients with poor overall health. The researchers report, “Marital status and age were not associated with expectations.” ;

“Actions to align patient and physician expectations are necessary to adequately counsel patients and avoid overtreatment with toxic therapies,” explained the researchers. Patients are more likely to accept treatment that would be considered unacceptable, if they believe there is a chance for cure. Adjusting patient expectations with the expected outcomes of health care providers is crucial to preventing toxic treatment that the patient would refuse if curing the disease was not feasible.

Reference

1. Moses KA, Penson DF, Du L, et al. Patient expectation from systemic treatment of metastatic prostate cancer (mPC). Poster presented at: 2017 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium; February 16-18, 2017; Orlando, FL. Abstract 218.

You must be a registered member of ONA to post a comment.

Sign Up for Free e-newsletters

Regimen and Drug Listings

GET FULL LISTINGS OF TREATMENT Regimens and Drug INFORMATION

Bone Cancer Regimens Drugs
Brain Cancer Regimens Drugs
Breast Cancer Regimens Drugs
Endocrine Cancer Regimens Drugs
Gastrointestinal Cancer Regimens Drugs
Genitourinary Cancer Regimens Drugs
Gynecologic Cancer Regimens Drugs
Head and Neck Cancer Regimens Drugs
Hematologic Cancer Regimens Drugs
Lung Cancer Regimens Drugs
Other Cancers Regimens
Rare Cancers Regimens
Skin Cancer Regimens Drugs