Prostate Test Finding Leaves a Swirl of Confusion


October 11, 2011

New York Times

For men living with a diagnosis of prostate cancer, the news that the P.S.A. test does more harm than good has been unsettling and confusing.

After all, that is the test that first led to their diagnosis — and, often, a painful and traumatic course of treatment.

And now they tell us it doesn’t work?

“You will find mixed opinions from those of us who had to deal with it,” said a 78-year-old man from Boston who was left impotent and incontinent after his prostate was removed 11 years ago. “My current feeling is not anger; it’s sadness that I probably made the wrong choices and the consequences were both negative and not expected.” (He and another man quoted in this column asked not to be identified.) Read More