Quality of life after standard therapies for localized prostate cancer

Assessment of patient quality of life (QoL) after standard forms of treatment for localized prostate cancer is difficult for many reasons — not least because there is no real agreement among members of the research community about the best ways to measure QoL or patient satisfaction after treatment. … READ MORE …

Relationship between patient satisfaction and physician-specific outcomes data

A new paper in the Journal of Urology has confirmed that there is a strong correlation between patient satisfaction post-treatment and the ability of physicians to provide counsel to patients about clinical outcomes after treatment based on their own, personal experience and outcomes data. … READ MORE …

Decision aids, PSA-based screening, and male decision-making

According to a newly published study in JAMA Internal Medicine, web-based and print-based decision aids do help men to resolve their own internal conflicts about whether or not to get PSA tests for risk of prostate cancer … 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 …

Good provider-patient communication is important … but not everything

Another new report on the topic of provider-patient communication and the management of prostate cancer has demonstrated the importance of information content and interpersonal relationships between patient and provider to patient satisfaction with their care. … READ MORE …

The patient-doctor communication/decision process in Europe

An interesting but underpowered study just reported as a “mini-review” in BJU International gives us some (but not much) new information from Europe about the comparative expectations of urologists and prostate cancer patients around the discussion of new diagnosis and the the choice between appropriate treatment options. … READ MORE …

Patient satisfaction after first-line treatment for localized prostate cancer (in Germany)

A new article in the journal Anticancer Research suggests that patients had greater satisfaction after modern forms of external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) than after some other standard forms of first-line treatment. Of course the absolute truth of this conclusion may be affected by the details of the study. … READ MORE …

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