How much do you think you should pay for a radical prostatectomy?

We wish we’d seen this earlier, but apparently in March 2014 an article in Urology gave us an outstanding overview of the wildly different prices that you (but perhaps not your insurance company) might be asked to pay for a radical prostatectomy at 100 hospitals across the USA. … READ MORE …

The SPCG-4 trial: follow-up data after > 23 years

This week’s New England Journal of Medicine contains data from a fifth update to the Scandinavian Prostate Cancer Group Study Number 4 (SPCG-4) trial of radical prostatectomy vs. watchful waiting in “early” prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Does “changing urologists” improve outcomes after surgery?

In what appears to be a fascinating study from a group of researchers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore come data suggesting that patients who “changed urologists” had better short-term surgical outcomes after radical prostatectomy. So the question has to be, what did the research team mean by “changed urologists”? … READ MORE …

Supplemental testosterone therapy in men treated for prostate cancer

The role of supplemental testosterone therapy in men previously treated for prostate cancer has long been a controversial issue, and the number of patients actually studied for the effects of such therapy (good and bad) is really quite small — at about 600 worldwide. … READ MORE …

“Raising the bar” for outcomes after radical prostatectomy

There is another rather entertaining, 10-minute video today on the Medscape Oncology web site showing a conversation  between Dr. Matt Cooperberg of the University of California, San Francisco and Dr. Andrew Vickers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. … READ MORE …

AUA, ASTRO issue new guidance on radiation after radical prostatectomy

So the American Urology Association (AUA) is clearly “on a roll” when it comes to guidance on the detection and management of prostate cancer. This is the third new guidance document issued in a matter of days. … READ MORE …

Patient satisfaction during and after the decision to undergo radical prostatectomy for localized prostate cancer

A paper to be presented at the upcoming AUA annual meeting from what appears to be an ex-US group of clinicians continues to demonstrate the fact that many men get surgical treatment for prostate cancer without anything like a full appreciation of the clinical problem, their treatment options, or the potential consequences. … READ MORE …

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