Last month I asked for advice for my 95 year old father who has advanced prostate cancer. He is being passed to another group in the doctor practice that handles the next phase. I set up the appointment and even before seeing him the medical practice was pushing Provenge as the preferred treatment. It was like it is a done deal. I also got a slick marketing package in the mail. I naturally get suspicious. I half expect that my father will get a toaster or tv for signing up. Maybe as care taker I will get a night in Atlantic City?
I will play devil's advocate in the upcoming appointment. But I do not stand a chance. Is Provenge a money maker for the doctors? Does the drug company place representatives in the Doctor's practice? I felt like I was talking to a sales person over the phone.