The pros and cons of “screening” for prostate cancer

A newly published article by Shoag et al. in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has suggested that the risks associated with “screening” for prostate cancer using the PSA test may not be as high as previously suggested. … READ MORE …

More on familial and hereditary risk for prostate cancer

Slowly but surely we are learning more about the roles of family history and familial genetics (heredity) in determining risk for prostate cancer — and most especially risk for clinically significant forms of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

RP vs. RT as first-line treatment for prostate cancer: that word “may” again

A newly published commentary on the CancerNetwork web site is entitled, “Radical prostatectomy as primary treatment for prostate cancer leads to better survival.” … READ MORE …

Germline testing to assess risk for specific types of prostate cancer

The recommendations of the Philadelphia Prostate Cancer Consensus Conference 2019 (held in October last year) on implementation of germline testing for risk of prostate cancer have now been published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. … READ MORE …

Sipuleucel-T in management of favorable-risk prostate cancer: the ProVent trial

At the end of last year, Dendreon announced that the Phase III ProVent trial of sipuelucel-T (Provenge) in the treatment of men with relatively lower-risk forms of prostate cancer (as compared to active surveillance) had been fully enrolled ahead of schedule. … READ MORE …

Axumin-based PET/CT scans and detection of recurrent prostate cancer

A new report from a relatively small, single-institution study has provided additional information about the utility of [18F]fluciclovine (Axumin) PET/CT scans in the detection of recurrent prostate cancer after definitive first-line treatment. … READ MORE …

Alas … PPV not good for PI-RADS at all

For the past few years, some of us have been quietly concerned about the true value of MRI scans and the accuracy of PI-RADS scores in evaluation of a patient’s risk for the presence of clinically significant prostate cancer. This is a complex issue … but data from a large, recently completed study has now validated these concerns. … READ MORE …

Jane Brody on prostate cancer in the NYT

Jane Brody is an experienced journalist who writes regularly about issues related to health care in The New York Times. Your sitemaster regularly reads her columns because she does her homework with care and provides sound information for her readers. … READ MORE …

Diabetes and risk for prostate cancer

There have long been suggestions that men already diagnosed with and receiving treatment for diabetes are at lower risk for a subsequent diagnosis of prostate cancer than non-diabetics. However, a very large, new, epidemiological analysis seems to suggest strongly that this may not be the case at all. … READ MORE …

Risk for prostate cancer in men under 40 years of age

A newly published paper by Blayer et al. in in the journal Cancer has stated that,

Worldwide, the incidence of prostate cancer has increased in all groups between ages 15 and 40 years and increased globally at a steady rate averaging 2% per year since 1990.

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Risk for early onset prostate cancer MAY BE increased in some infertile men

In posting the following commentary, we wish to be VERY clear that, at this time, there is no definitive evidence that there is a causal relationship between male infertility and risk for prostate cancer, but this does appear to be a POSSIBILITY. … READ MORE …

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 …