The conversation focused on new treatment options in prostate cancer. Panelists examined specific agents used in the treatment of prostate cancer, including new immunotherapies.
Crawford and fellow panelists took issue with the May 2012 recommendation from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
, which said that the PSA test used for prostate cancer screening could actually do harm to those men who do not understand its consequences. The USPSTF recommended against widespread screening, even though the PSA test has been credited with significantly reducing prostate cancer mortality rates since the 1980s.
Crawford, who has published widely on the subject, said that the PSA test “was too successful” in some ways, but that not screening was the wrong response when 30,000 men still die from the disease each year. “You need to separate diagnosis from treatment,” he said.
The merits and potential combinations of current drugs and treatment methods also were discussed. Crawford noted, treatment for prostate cancer holds more promise than ever. “We may be able to convert this disease into a chronic disease.”