A high-grade ego with high-grade prostate cancer

For those who have either forgotten or never knew who Craig Venter is or was, here’s an update: he recently had surgical treatment for “high-grade” prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Another systemic failure of care and about whether anyone cared at all

Sometimes it’s easier to blame the patient than it is to blame the medical system, and so that’s what people often do. But if one is going to blame the patient, then one really ought to have data to back it up. … READ MORE …

The ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium: a brief report

Your sitemaster is gradually “coming back to life” after a rather unpleasant week that included his trip to the GU Cancers Symposium (when he should probably have been in his bed at home). So here is the quick summary from Orlando. … READ MORE …

Conference call/webinar on bipolar androgen therapy (BAT)

For those who are interested, the Answer Cancer Foundation has let us know that they will be holding an educational conference call/webinar at 8:00 pm Eastern (5:00 pm Pacific) today on the subject of bipolar androgen therapy in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

For very high-risk patients, EBRT + BT is superior to surgery or EBRT only (redux)

In August last year, Kishan et al. showed a preliminary analysis of oncological outcomes among patients diagnosed with Gleason score 9 and 10 and treated with brachy boost therapy (EBRT + BT), external beam radiation therapy alone (EBRT), or surgery (see this link). … READ MORE …

Aggressive, neoadjuvant androgen ablation prior to surgery in higher risk prostate cancer patients

The development of drugs like abiraterone acetate and enzalutamide has stimulated new research into the use of such agents early on, in combination with first-line therapy, to see if it can affect the outcomes for men with high-risk and unfavorable intermediate-risk prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Pelvic lymph node treatment area is seldom wide enough

A Mayo Clinic study sought to determine exactly where the recurrences were after failure of radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …