15-year survival and related data after first-line brachytherapy

Stone, Stock, and colleagues at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, have been treating prostate cancer patients with brachytherapy since 1990 and (to whatever extent was possible) maintaining meticulous records throughout that time period. … READ MORE …

Learning to live with the “new normal” … or avoid it if you can

Very, very, very slowly it appears that we are starting to see some serious interest in research into the psychosocial impact of prostate cancer and its treatment on men and their close family members and/or intimate partners. … READ MORE …

Short-term outcomes after prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment in France

An article available in full on the Medscape web site provides an overview of short-term outcomes of > 43,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in France in 2009 and followed for 2 years based on data in the French national health insurance information system (SNIIRAM). You do need to register with Medscape to be able to read the article (but registration is free). … READ MORE …

Robot-assisted versus open radical cystectomy: no clear signs of immediate benefit

Many readers of this blog have probably heard or read the reports like this one on the CBS Evening News or this one on the Reuters web site that there were no significant short-term (perioperative) differences in outcome between robot-assisted radical cystectomy (complete removal of the bladder) and the older open surgical procedure. … READ MORE …

If you’re already depressed, you may need help to make good decisions

In a rather less that surprising finding, a new paper in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that men with existing depressive disorders at the time of diagnosis with prostate cancer “are less likely to undergo definitive treatment and experience worse overall survival.” … READ MORE …

Time to prove a treatment-related prostate cancer survival benefit

For most of the past 20 years it has generally been considered that it took 10 years to show that a new form of therapy was effective and safe in the treatment of localized prostate cancer. We may need to seriously re-assess that time period. … READ MORE …

Formal update on Sunnybrook active surveillance data at AUA annual meeting

Over the weekend, Klotz et al. provided interesting new information in the third and most recent, formal update of the prospective data from the active surveillance series being monitored at Sunnybrook Cancer Center in Toronto, Canada. … READ MORE …

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