overtreatment


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overtreatment

(ō″vĕr-trēt′mĕnt)
The treatment of clinically insignificant disease, that is, minor or indolent illnesses that do not require aggressive or invasive therapy.
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The evidence began piling up about a decade ago that the PSA test leads to overdiagnosis and overtreatment.
Some will think that this is a good thing, as fewer men will be subjected to the harms of overtreatment, while others may be concerned with its potentially catastrophic consequences, with more men presenting with advanced, metastatic prostate cancer.
One reason for this kind of overtreatment is that its harms usually are not addressed in clinical guidelines, quality-of-care measures, or pay-for-performance programs.
His current interests include reducing the over diagnosis and overtreatment of prostate cancer by using the latest biomarkers and imaging techniques.
One major disability rights group points to a very important reason, the "false premise" that there is widespread overtreatment.
The debate on overtreatment looks likely to run and run.
The first session, led by Professor Robert Thomas, chief cancer adviser at the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services and WISH's Delivering Affordable Cancer Care Forum chair, will discuss the causes of inflating cancer costs and overtreatment, and present pathways to address these challenges, including promoting greater patient engagement.
Routine screening for breast cancer also comes with significant harms, including false positives, overdiagnosis, overtreatment and more.
2] This overtreatment offers limited survival benefit and exposes patients unnecessarily to treatment-related harms.
The findings suggest that most women choose contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, an aggressive surgery because they are afraid of the recurring of the cancer, which raises the question of potential overtreatment of the patients.
However, the method was also a source of concern and a topic of controversy as the results provided by mammography sometimes turned out to be false, leading to over- diagnosis, overtreatment and unnecessary exposure to radiation.
It also causes many false alarms and overtreatment of cancers never destined to become life-threatening.