Risk for prostate cancer among black males in England

A newly published article in the British Medical Journal has shown that black males in England are twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as white males, and are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer too. … READ MORE …

Important new standards for data collection in studies of advanced prostate cancer

Recently we noted that Morgans et al. had published information about a proposed, standardized set of patient-centered outcomes data for advanced prostate cancer that would facilitate cross-comparison of data from the many trials that take now place in the management of TxNxM+ prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Management of incident prostate cancer on active surveillance

Back in the dim and distant past (i.e., the 1980s and the very early 1990s, before PSA testing was widespread) one of the most common ways to find early stage prostate cancer was as an incidental consequence of the conduct of a transurethral resection of the prostate (a “TURP”) to treat symptoms of urinary tract obstruction. … READ MORE …

Chemo + ADT + RT: no benefit after 10 years

Earlier this month, we looked at the evidence of benefit for adding chemotherapy to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) + radiation therapy (RT) for high-risk prostate cancer (see “Docetaxel with radiation in prostate cancer treatment”). … READ MORE …

The cost of drugs for the treatment of cancer — in the pressure cooker

According to an announcement this morning from The Mayo Clinic, a group of 118 leading cancer experts has drafted proposals for reducing the high cost of cancer drugs and voiced support for a patient-based grassroots movement demanding action on the issue. … READ MORE …

Genetic risk, aggressive prostate cancer, and ethnic/racial differences

According to a newly published article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, there are new and strong indications that a specific “genomic fingerprint” is associated with elevated risk for diagnosis of aggressive prostate cancer in African Americans compared to Caucasians. … READ MORE …

Standardizing outcome measures in management of advanced prostate cancer

The Advanced Prostate Cancer Working Group of the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement has finally been able to pull together a set of standardized patient-centered outcomes relevant to the evaluation of men in treatment for advanced forms of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

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