Unique Treatment Raises Tricky Bioethical Issues

August 13, 2010

Picture an active, mentally acute man with prostate cancer who loves life, loves his family, and is described by his urologist as being “remarkable” and possessing “incredible resilience.” Twenty-two years after a radical prostatectomy the man now has extensive disease, including liver metastasis, but he continues to enjoy a good quality of life. The man is a strong and eager candidate for a brand-new treatment that could extend his life by several months with relatively few side effects that will allow him to maintain a pleasant existence. But there’s a catch: The treatment costs about $93,000 and the patient is 93 years old. (Renal and Urology News)

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