Can phi density accurately predict risk for clinically significant prostate cancer?

A new article in BJU International has suggested the possibility that Prostate Health Index density (i.e., a patient’s phi score divided by his prostate volume) may be able to predict the probability of a finding of clinically significant prostate cancer on biopsy. … READ MORE …

Population-based rates of treatment for prostate cancer: 2007-2012

The population-based rate of Medicare patients getting treatment for prostate cancer dropped by 42 percent from 2007 to 2012 … but this drop did not occur in patients who had a high risk of dying from a cause other than prostate cancer within 10 years, who are arguably among those who least need immediate treatment for prostate cancer (and especially for low-risk forms of prostate cancer). … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer in men with advanced bladder cancer

A new article in the journal Urologic Oncology has highlighted an association between the occurrence of advanced bladder cancer and the related finding of prostate cancer among such patients who have their prostate removed along with their bladder at the time of initial surgery  for the bladder cancer (i.e., a radical cystoprostatectomy). … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer statistics in America, 2017

As it does every year, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has just published it’s annual update cancer statistics update: Cancer Facts & Figures 2017. Those who are interested are of course welcome to peruse this detailed document for themselves. What follows is a quick summary of the prostate cancer-related data in the ACS update. … READ MORE …

Caring in medicine … and a case study in change

As many readers will know, your sitemaster can be a little obsessed by how the medical community can bring extraordinary technology and skill to the provision of medical interventions (for prostate cancer and every other serious disorder), but simultaneously have little to no awareness of an oft-apparent failure to provide the “care” that their patients so desperately need. … READ MORE …

New grade group system predicts risk for prostate cancer-specific mortality

According to a report on the Renal & Urology News web site this morning, a new paper about to be published on line in European Urology (by He et al.) has shown that the new ISUP staging system can be used to project risk for prostate cancer-specific mortality, “regardless of treatment received or clinical stage at diagnosis”. … READ MORE …

Why language is important in prostate cancer management

We have emphasized this before, but we want to talk about it again because it recently came up in a general primary care journal: “active surveillance” and “watchful waiting” are often used interchangeably — by patients and their partners and by some doctors too … but they aren’t the same thing at all. … READ MORE …