The “cure” word and its use … by oncology specialists and their patients

As many readers will be aware, the word “cure” has to be used with caution in talking about any form of cancer — prostate cancer included. While “curative” therapy can be offered to a high proportion of men diagnosed with this condition, achieving a true “cure” is a less predictable opportunity, especially for men diagnosed with intermediate- and high-risk disease. … READ MORE …

Is the word “cancer” out of date? What’s in a name?

An article in today’s New York Times (“‘Cancer’ or ‘weird cells': which sounds deadlier?“) focuses on the question of whether many conditions currently referred to as “cancer” really are … and whether by calling them “cancer” we prejudice doctors and patients into taking overly aggressive action. … READ MORE …

Out on the frontiers of research on the genetics of cancer

For those who like to know what is happening out on the farther reaches of cancer research, there is an interesting article by George Johnson in today’s New York Times. … READ MORE …

Do cancer and non-cancer patients make equal sacrifices to pay for their meds?

Sometimes it is difficult to know what to make of data  from even the most reputable institutions. This appears to be the case for a recent study from a Harvard research team. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer, BPH, risk association, and a 3 million man study

A commonly raised question is whether men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are at greater risk for prostate cancer than men who have no sign of BPH. A new, nation-wide study of the male population of Denmark over the past 27 years offers us some insights. … READ MORE …

Genomic risk, prostate cancer, endometrial cancer, linkage?

Under the “And this helps me how?” column we can now add the topic of a possible genetic link between endometrial cancer and prostate cancer (maybe). … READ MORE …

Large employers to launch multi-year “cancer in the workplace” initiative

According to a media release issued on Thursday this week, the National Business Group on  Health has been working with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) to develop and now launch a major, 3-year-long initiative to help employers address issues of cancer in the workplace. … READ MORE …

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