Participation in a patient support group increases prostate cancer patient knowledge

A newly published study from a group of German researchers examined the degree to which participation in patient support group activities increased prostate cancer patients’ health literacy and, specifically, their prostate cancer‐specific and non‐cancer‐specific knowledge about health care. … READ MORE …

The importance of listening to patients

A report yesterday on on the MedPage Today web site quotes Scott Gottlieb, MD, the Commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on the importance of “Listening to patients” and on how patients’ perspectives can inform drug development, drug review, and physicians’ prescribing habits. … READ MORE …

Prostate ablation using HIFU — the role of patient preference information

A newly published review by staff of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FD) addresses the potential role for patient preference information (PPI) in determining patient perceptions of the “value” of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and similar techniques in the management of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Common long-term side effects of ADT in treatment of prostate cancer

A new analysis of data from men treated for their prostate cancer between 1992 and 2009 has provided additional information with respect to risks for long-term side effects of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). … READ MORE …

When is a metastasis really metastatic today?

There is an interesting editorial commentary by Dr. Daniel George that was published just over a week ago on the UroToday web site. … READ MORE …

ORP vs. RALP re-visited

A newly published report in The Lancet Oncology has pretty much finally confirmed what many of us have been assuming for a long time now: … READ MORE …

Speed of change in the management of prostate cancer

One of our regular correspondents (who lives in England) was recently told something rather interesting by the Consultant Urologist he sees in the UK. … READ MORE …