This morning Archana Radhakrishnan et al. from Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania, published a paper in Cancer on who and why patients seek second opinions on prostate cancer. Despite recommendations from both the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society for cancer patients to seek second opinions regarding treatment, there is little substantive medical literature on the behavior surrounding second opinions.
- 4676 men identified diagnosed with localized prostate cancer and in the Pennsylvania Cancer Registry within the greater Philadelphia region were mailed surveys along with nominal payment for their completion. 51.1% (2386) responded.