Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has been diagnosed with stage 1 prostate cancer at the age of 81 and will undergo radiation treatment in July.
While radiation would seem to most of us a typical course of treatment for someone with cancer, there are some in the medical community who believe Buffett’s cancer should not be treated at all, but rather just observed over time.
Dr. Benjamin Davies, a urologic cancer specialist at the University of Pittsburgh, took to his Twitter account to voice his concerns over the risks inherent in someone of Buffett’s advanced age undergoing radiation for stage 1 prostate cancer, saying,
“If one of my residents biopsied an 81yo (with no mets) I would fire them on the spot.”
Dr. Davies‘ beliefs adhere to the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force which says that men 75 and older shouldn’t have regular PSA (prostate-specific antigen) tests to screen for prostate cancer because treatment could potentially prove more harmful than the disease itself.
Dr. Davies is a recipient of the Patients’ Choice 2011 as well as the Compassionate Doctor 2011 awards. For more information on Dr. Davies, visit his Vitals profile.