The first-line treatment of locally advanced prostate cancer (clinical stage T3)

Does radical prostatectomy (with or without external beam radiation therapy) improve prostate-cancer specific survival by comparison with primary radiation treatment and androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) among patients initially diagnosed with locally advanced (T3) prostate cancer? … READ MORE …

The celebrity prostate cancer line-up … and what they actually say

What celebs say and don’t say about prostate cancer (if they say anything at all) has often been difficult for the average patient to understand — as are some of their apparent treatment decisions (if those are actually mentioned). … READ MORE …

Moving targets and the interpretation of “new” medical “knowledge”

In this week’s New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), there is an interesting article entitled, “Contingent knowledge and looping effects — a 66-year-old man with PSA-detected prostate cancer and regrets”. … READ MORE …

Complementary and alternative medicines in management of prostate cancer

A newly published paper in the Journal of Urology has reported on the use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) among a cohort of nearly 8,000 American patients with a diagnosis of prostate cancer between 1996 and 2016. … READ MORE …

PCaI extends low-cost room rate for conference in Virginia Beach

Prostate Cancer International (PCaI) has been able extend the hotel discount deadline to Monday, Oct 7th for its FREE patient conference in Virginia Beach on November 2. … READ MORE …

Does eating mushrooms prevent prostate cancer?

Well, maybe, … at least among men living in in the Miyagi and Ohsaki prefectures, in Japan. … READ MORE …

The APCCC in Basel, Switzerland: Day 2

The second day of the APCCC here in Basel ran for 10 hours and encompassed a total of six sessions, as follows: … READ MORE …

The APCCC in Basel, Switzerland: Day 1

So in this series of reports on what happened at the 3rd Advanced Prostate Cancer Consensus Conference (APCCC) in Basel, Switzerland, we will not be trying to get into detail about exactly what data got presented each day. … READ MORE …

FDA approves new technique for “ablation of prostate tissue”

According to a media release issued by a Canadian company called Profound Medical on August 16, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of a system called TULSA-PRO for the “ablation of prostate tissue”. There appears to be no relevant information on the FDA web site — as yet. … READ MORE …

Are “manograms” a viable option in prostate cancer screening and risk assessment?

For several years, Dr. Jelle Barentz in the Netherlands has been a prominent advocate for the idea that we might be able to use imaging methodologies (prostate “manograms”, like breast mammograms for women) to screen for risk of prostate cancer — either along with or instead of PSA testing. … READ MORE …

Precision medicine and primary Gleason pattern 5 prostate cancer

Patients who are initially diagnosed with primary Gleason pattern 5 localized prostate cancer (i.e., having Gleason scores of 5 + 5 = 10 and 5 + 4 = 9) are well understood to have very high-risk disease. … READ MORE …

Gadolinium contrast and mpMRI scans

In his latest epistle to the medical community on the MedPage Today web site, prostate cancer patient Howard Wolinsky writes about the need (or lack of need) for the use of gadolinium-containing contrast agents associated with the conduct of multiparametric MRI (mpMRI) scans. … READ MORE …

If you are or ever were a fighter pilot …

Apparently the US Air Force (USAF) has become concerned that being a fighter pilot may increase risk for a diagnosis of prostate cancer. For those who are interested, here’s a link to the relevant article on the McClatchy news service. … READ MORE …

The continuing importance of the digital rectal exam

Many men dislike digital rectal examinations (DREs) — for all sorts of reasons. However, a new study has again pointed out the value of the DRE in helping to establish clinical risk and the potential aggressiveness of a specific prostate cancer diagnosis in each individual patient. … READ MORE …

Geographic risk for advanced and metastatic prostate cancer

New research data on the epidemiology of advanced prostate cancer here in the US has confirmed something that has long been understood (albeit not previously as well documented). … READ MORE …