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Few patients with prostate cancer are willing to be randomised to treatment

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 05 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1556
  1. Paddy O'Reilly, Consultant urologist. (,
  2. Linda Martin, Specialist urological nurse.,
  3. Gerald Collins, Consultant urological surgeon.
  1. on behalf of the CRASH Oncology Group, Stepping Hill Urology, Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport SK2 7JE

    EDITOR—No one would deny the need for controlled prospective trials to determine best management in serious conditions such as prostate cancer. But to adopt a nihilistic approach towards available treatments because such data do not exist is to turn back the clock of progress. Proponents of evidence based medicine may claim that there is no evidence that radical …

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