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 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 …

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 …

ADT is associated with risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia in largest study to date

According to the newest and largest known analysis of data currently available, there is a small but statistically significant association between treatment with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and increase in risk for Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia over time. … READ MORE …

New urine test shows promising results in detecting, classifying risk for prostate cancer

A newly published article in BJU International has described a way to test post-DRE urine samples for the presence of specific types of ribonucleic acid (RNA) and use these data to detect and classify risk levels for more and less aggressive forms of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Mutations to FOXA1 may be key to some aggressive forms of prostate cancer

A newly published study by researchers at the University of Michigan has clarified the potential roles of a transcription factor called “forkhead box A1” (FOXA1) in hormone-driven forms of prostate cancer and some other forms of hormone-driven cancer (e.g., breast cancer). … READ MORE …

Genomic data and prostate cancer risk classification: an update

Three different molecular tests have been validated as providing useful data that can help a man and his doctors to come to decisions about the management and treatment of localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Decision aids and prostate cancer: how useful are they?

Your sitemaster has long had concerns about the real value of decision aids in helping men to think about and come to conclusions about controversial issues in the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

3-year outcomes of men on AS in US community urology settings

To date we have seen very few data on the long-term follow-up of men in the US being initially managed on active surveillance (AS) after diagnosis with prostate cancer out in the “real world” of community urology practice. … READ MORE …