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12/14/2018

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Glenn Donaldson

Doc,
I think I shared with you another variation of this over-testing/over-diagnosis.

My father, at 70, was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Treatment options included radiation, seeds, surgery, and nothing based on statistical life expectancy. I can only assume radiation treatment was chosen because he planned to"live at least to 100".

In his case, side-effect bleeding, from the radiation eventually masked the initial symptoms of colorectal cancer, causing a delay in that diagnosis, until stage IV.

While it is difficult to say how much sooner the colorectal cancer would have been discovered, had the prostate not been radiated, or how long his life expectancy would have been had he caught the colorectal sooner without treating the prostate, it is reasonable to think he would have lived longer.

Thank you for your writing.

Glenn

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