Urologists recommend AS more often than rad/oncs (but probably not enough)

A new article on the Medscape web site, based on an article by Kim et al. in the journal Medical Care, deals with urologists’ and radiation oncologists’ recommendations for active surveillance (AS) as an appropriate form of treatment for low-risk prostate cancer in the USA today. … READ MORE …

Shared and emotion-free decision-making with respect to PSA-based screening

The following is (slightly edited) report by Jeffrey J. Tomaszewski, MD, on behalf of UroToday.com, of a state-of-the-art lecture by David Penson, MD, presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) in Orlando. We hope that UroToday will forgive us for this direct “theft”, but the topic is one of enormous relevance to the patient community. … READ MORE …

When will what they say correspond to what they do?

In reading through the abstracts of the presentations to be given at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA), the results of a national survey of radiation oncologists and urologists on active surveillance (AS) for low-risk prostate cancer is the most striking item that we have seen to date. … READ MORE …

Incidence of diagnosis of prostate cancer declines from 2007 to 2009 in USA

According to a brief research letter by Howard, just published in Archives of Internal Medicine, the incidence of prostate cancer diagnosis in men of ≥ 75 years declined significantly after the issuance of the 2008 recommendation by the USPSTF that PSA screening for prostate cancer was not appropriate in men of 75 years and older. … READ MORE …

Sebelius has NOT overruled USPSTF recommendation after all

For our US-based readers … It appears that Rep. Kucinich’s statements on his web site (reported on this web site a few days ago) are something of a political simplification of reality. … READ MORE …

Cancer (and prostate cancer) screening in the elderly

The value of regular testing of increasingly elderly men and women for risk of cancer is controversial. However, a new paper in the Archives of Internal Medicine has certainly added to our knowledge of just how widespread such testing may be … at least in the USA. … READ MORE …

Lack of transparency re public “input” to USPSTF is rather sad

According to a new article by Andy Pollack on the New York Times Health blog just before 1:00 p.m. EST today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has managed to add to public confusion about its process for what was originally described as public “comment” on current draft recommendations (regarding screening tests for prostate and ovarian cancer and other disorders). … READ MORE …

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