Legal risk for physicians and use/non-use of PSA testing

Dr. Gerald Chodak has raised an interesting reason why physicians may want to think hard about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendation on the value of PSA testing for risk of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

The pomegranate extract effect … redux

According to an article just published in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, any effect of taking pomegranate extract in delaying prostate cancer progression over time after first-line treatment may be limited. … READ MORE …

One man’s OpEd is not the only form of truth

Yesterday, Dr. Deepak Kapoor, a urologist and the Chairman of Health Policy for the Large Urology Group Practice Association (LUGPA), published his opinions about PSA testing and risk for prostate cancer based on such testing in an OpEd article in the New York Times. … READ MORE …

Radiation therapy may improve survival even when PSA ≥ 75 ml/ml

Sometimes, when patients originally present with very high PSA levels, a negative bone scan, and a negative CT scan, they are put on permanent androgen deprivation  therapy (ADT) because the doctor just assumes it is micrometastatic. … READ MORE …

The impact of bicycling on PSA levels … and risk for prostate cancer

Over the years it has been suggested, on and off, that bicycling may have impact on a man’s PSA levels and therefore on his potential risk for diagnosis of prostate cancer. However, there has never been any real evidence of such impact. … READ MORE …

PSA screening rates: 2005 to 2013

Numerous publications over the past 3 years have addressed the actual and potential consequences of the the US Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF’s) statement discouraging the use of routine PSA-based screening for prostate cancer in otherwise healthy men. … READ MORE …

New recommendations from the AUA through “Choosing Wisely” initiative

Yesterday the American Urology Association (AUA) issued a second set of five recommendations to its members through the Choosing Wisely initiative (which is coordinated by the ABIM Foundation). Two of these recommendations were specific to risk for prostate cancer and its management. … READ MORE …

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