Controversy is often driven by presumption and perception

A new article in JAMA Internal Medicine this week is likely to keep the fires burning under the PSA screening controversy for quite a while to come. … READ MORE …

Lowering risk of death from prostate cancer AND cardiovascular disease

Based on a specific case study, a new paper in Circulation by a group of clinicians at Vanderbilt University Medical Center describes their program designed to reduce risk of death from cardiovascular disease for prostate cancer patients on androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). … READ MORE …

ED drugs and risk for prostate cancer recurrence? … NOT!

Back in February 2015 a group of German researchers published a study suggesting that there was a small but significantly increased risk of biochemical recurrence after prostate cancer treatment among men using drugs like sildenafil (Viagra) to recover/stimulate erectile function. … READ MORE …

Heightened risk for prostate cancer among balding males (redux)

Back in 2014, Zhou et al. reported an association between baldness and risk for diagnosis with aggressive forms of prostate cancer. At the time we noted that this association really needed to be confirmed in other studies. … READ MORE …

Risk for infection(s) from fiducial marker placement

Most of us who have gone through any form of image-guided external beam radiotherapy have had TRUS-guided transrectal placement of gold fiducial markers or radio transponders placed in our prostates. Some who have had salvage radiation have had them placed in the prostate bed. … READ MORE …

Metastases after early vs. delayed salvage radiation

Until we have the results of randomized clinical trials on the relative efficacy of early salvage radiation therapy (RT), we have to look for other clues to inform the timing of that decision. … READ MORE …

Radiation treatment of men with prostate cancer and inflammatory bowel disease

A analysis of date from a tumor registry in Texas challenges the historic notion that men suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) ought not to have radiation therapy for treatment of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

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