Is prostate-specific radiation still of any value in men diagnosed with distant metastases?

In some cancers, debulking of the primary tumor, also called cytoreduction, either with radiation or surgery, has been found to slow progression. Is that true of prostate cancer? … READ MORE …

A meta-analysis is only a meta-analysis … not proof of a belief …

A recently published meta-analysis and review in the journal European Urology is probably going to help an awful lot of urologic surgeons believe what they want to believe — that radical prostatectomy really is a better first-line treatment for localized prostate cancer than radiation therapy. The truth may be rather different. … READ MORE …

Understanding the range of risks associated with prostate cancer surgery today

It would certainly be difficult (and arguably impossible) for us to provide a newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient with a  comprehensive list of all the possible side effects and complications that might be associated with every type of first-line treatment for prostate cancer. However, … READ MORE …

What everyone needs to expect about recovery post-surgery

Slowly but surely we are seeing increasing recognition in the clinical community of the need to ensure that prostate cancer patients and their spouses/partners really understand the likely consequences of treatment. … READ MORE …

Declining use of RT in treating clinical stage T3 patients and those with adverse pathology after surgery

Patients clinically diagnosed with prostate cancer outside of the prostate capsule (stage cT3), are increasingly treated with radical prostatectomy (RP) rather than with primary radiation therapy (RT). In addition, … READ MORE …

Along with robotic surgery come … 3D printed prostate models?

So a research study from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California has provided some very preliminary information about the utility of 3D printed models as surgical aids to radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …

Erectile function post-radical prostatectomy: the past 20 years

It would not be unreasonable to think, some 30+ years after Dr. Pat Walsh started to do nerve-sparing radical prostatectomies at Johns Hopkins, that there might have been a gradual — if small — improvement in the quality of erectile and sexual function post-surgery on average over time. … READ MORE …

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