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COPCa study: Decision making in men with localized prostate cancer
Principal Investigators: PD Dr. Friederike Kendel, Prof. Dr. Mark Schrader
Men with low-risk prostate cancer are called upon to make a complex decision among different treatment options. They must weigh a decision for Radical Prostatectomy or Radiotherapy, with their risks of irreversible side effects and a decline in the quality of life, against a choice of Active Surveillance, with its risk of an unnoticed progression of their disease. In the decision-making process, patients' mental representations, i.e. their assumptions about the causes, timeline, and controllability of the illness, are highly relevant. The aim of this prospective, non-interventional study is to identify patients' complex decision-making mechanisms for deciding among treatment options, along with their relation to coping and anxiety.