Faculty Advisor

O'Connor, John T.


Medical care costs are escalating rapidly in the United States and confusion concerning optimal treatment protocol's contributes to the waste of medical resources. In this project an analysis of prostate cancer treatments was performed. This analysis was accomplished by examining each treatment alternative in terms of its complications, cost and effectiveness -- by cancer stage. In localized prostate cancer, radiotherapy and prostatectomy are more cost effective than other treatments. After prostate cancer has metastasized, hormone therapy is the most cost effective option.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2000

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies