At what point should a prostate cancer patient see the radiation oncologist?

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HowardSandlerMD (Physician - Oncology - Radiation (Verified) ) - 10 / 03 / 2012

Most newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients are candidates for surgery or radiotherapy as their primary treatment. My strong belief is that patients should see each specialist (urologist and radiation oncologist) before they make a definite treatment decision. A radiation oncologist is more qualified to discuss the risks and benefits of radiation treatments just as surgeons are best to discuss surgery. While many want to move on with treatment as soon as possible, the treatment decision is very important and taking a few extra days to see all the important specialists is time well spent.
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