New research from Massachusetts General Hospital finds more than a third of men with prostate cancer might not be getting the treatment that's best for them. Researchers say it's possibly because they may be too embarrassed to talk about very personal, pre-existing conditions.
Standard treatments for prostate cancer include external radiation surgery and a procedure called Brachytherapy in which tiny radioactive seeds are implanted into the prostate gland.
Each carries some kind of risk for side effects, and one or the other may affect urinary, bowel or sexual function. For patients who already have problems in these areas, researchers say the wrong type of therapy could make their problem worse.