At what point should a prostate cancer patient see an oncologist?

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DanielPetrylakMD (Physician - Oncology - Hematology/Oncology (Verified) ) - 09 / 27 / 2012

There are several points at which a patient can see an oncologist. The majority of referrals occur when a patient has symptomatic metastatic disease, and have failed hormonal therapy. In our practice, we commonly see patients at first PSA relapse post local therapy, and at the first diagnosis of metastatic disease. Referral earlier in the disease state process is better since there may be more clinical trial options for these patients.
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