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 …

A medical oncologist’s views on the USPSTF draft recommendations

An article by a highly regarded specialist in medical oncology in the most recent issue of The ASCO Post discusses recent recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). … READ MORE …

Roundtable issues media release re USPSTF recommendation

In addition to the formal letter submitted to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and noted on this web site on Friday, the Prostate Cancer Roundtable has, this morning, also issued a media release, signed by the same 10 members of the Roundtable.

The USPSTF recommendation: a cartoonist’s perspective

Larry Axmaker is an 8-year prostate cancer survivor and very happy he had regular PSA screenings! … READ MORE …

PSA screening today: four points of view in the NEJM

This week’s issue issue of the New England Journal of Medicine includes four perspective articles on the recent draft recommendation about PSA screening issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). … READ MORE …

Another eminent urologic oncologist on the USPSTF recommendation

The following editorial commentary related to the USPSTF recommendation was published on Friday, October 13, 2011 on the UroToday web site and is reproduced here with the permission of UroToday. The commentary was written by Alan Wein, MD, … READ MORE …

One expert clinician’s very public opinion about the USPSTF recommendation

Readers might want to read an article by Ralph de Vere White, MD, the Director of the UC Davis Cancer Center at the University of California Davis in Sacramento, California. Dr. de Vere White is a respected urologic oncologist known to have a strong commitment to shared decision making with patients on issues of cancer risk and management. … READ MORE …

USPSTF delays November meeting (and decision on prostate cancer screening)

According to a story on today’s Wall Street Journal Health Blog, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has canceled a meeting originally scheduled for November 1-2, when it was expected to re-vote on recommendations regarding the use of prostate cancer screening. … READ MORE …

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