Active surveillance is absolutely NOT appropriate for all men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer

A paper to be presented this Thursday at the upcoming Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in  Orlando, Florida, will clearly confirm the above heading, which should come as no surprise to anyone. The issue has always been whether there is a subset of men with (“favorable”) intermediate-risk disease who are potentially appropriate candidates. … READ MORE …

In 2004-07 most Medicare-eligible men were getting radiation therapy for first-line treatment of prostate cancer

In a second article in the new journal JAMA Oncology, researchers at the University of California Los Angeles suggest that 58 percent of all relatively recent treatment for prostate cancer was being given by radiation therapy of some type, and that indolent prostate cancer was being significantly over-treated. … READ MORE …

First and second biopsies and their diagnostic accuracy

A paper by Wong et al. published in December carries the title, “Diagnostic prostate biopsy performed in a non-academic center increases the risk of re-classification at confirmatory biopsy for men considering active surveillance for prostate cancer.” … READ MORE …

Published data on Klotz’s active surveillance series at c. 20 years

In a report published on line on Monday, in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Klotz et al. have now provided peer-reviewed data from their nearly 20-year-long series of patients managed on active surveillance. … READ MORE …

New draft Australian guidelines (on screening and expectant management)

A group of Australian experts has just released new draft guidance on prostate cancer screening and the role of expectant management (active surveillance and/or watchful waiting) in the management of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Consensus statement on pathologic factors and active surveillance

As previously mentioned earlier this week, a long statement that deals with the role of the pathologist in determining the suitability of patients for enrollment into active surveillance management protocols has been issued and endorsed by a number of organizations. … READ MORE …

Increasing consensus on eligibility criteria for active surveillance

A paper in the journal Virchows Archiv suggests increasing consensus on both inclusion criteria for management on active surveillance and progression criteria suggesting the need for active treatment. … READ MORE …

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