Newswire (Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Received: Friday, February 24, 2017, 3:55:59 AM CST)

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New Prostate Cancer Findings from Technical University Described (The effect of an online support group on patients' treatment decisions for localized prostate cancer: An online survey)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Cancer Weekly -- Data detailed on Oncology - Prostate Cancer have been presented. According to news originating from Dresden, Germany, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "To analyze the effect of an online support group (OSG) on the final treatment decision for localized prostate cancer. We performed a cross-sectional descriptive study of the largest German prostate cancer OSG between July and October 2013."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Technical University, "The online survey comprised 127 questions covering sociodemographic and disease-related information, decision-making habits, health related quality of life, distress, depression, and anxiety. The primary outcome was to measure the effect of an OSG on the final treatment decision. We analyzed the completed questionnaires from 686 patients with prostate cancer, 200 (29.2%) of whom revised their initial treatment decision. After revising their decisions, these patients more frequently underwent external beam radiation therapy (44.5% vs. 36.4%, P = 0.048) and active surveillance (10.5% vs. 3.7%, P< 0.001) and less frequently underwent radical prostatectomy (52.5% vs. 74.9%, P< 0.001). Engaging longer in the OSG, demanding a more active role in the decision-making process, and participating in a conventional support group were independently associated with revision of the initial treatment decision. Of all patients participating in the OSG, 29.2% revised their initial treatment decision. We estimate that this phenomenon may affect 17,000 patients with prostate cancer in the United States of America every year. This finding highlights the importance of OSGs for the health care system."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The patient's desired degree of involvement in decision-making should be routinely clarified to adjust counseling accordingly."

For more information on this research see: The effect of an online support group on patients' treatment decisions for localized prostate cancer: An online survey. Urologic Oncology-Seminars and Original Investigations, 2017;35(2):26-35. Urologic Oncology-Seminars and Original Investigations can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Inc, 360 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10010-1710, USA (see also Oncology - Prostate Cancer).

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from J. Huber, Technical University of Dresden, Medical Fac Carl Gustav Carus, Dept. of Urol, Dresden, Germany. Additional authors for this research include P. Maatz, T. Muck, B. Keck, H.C. Friederich, W. Herzog and A. Ihrig.

Keywords for this news article include: Dresden, Germany, Europe, Cancer, Epidemiology, Prostatic Neoplasms, Prostate Cancer, Oncology, Technical University.

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