A central challenge in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer is distinguishing fast from slow, aggressive from indolent. Consider the experience of Gerald Alexander.
Alexander was having frequent back pain, which he thought was from arthritis. Based on his back pain and some suggestive bone scans, a radiation oncologist in Warner Robins suspected that the cancer had already metastasized. He was told to “get his affairs in order.” However, another of his local doctors didn’t agree and to resolve the uncertainty, he came to Winship Cancer Institute.