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 …

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 …

Risk for DVT and PE as a complication of treatment with ADT

A newly published paper in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases has confirmed that there is an association between specific forms of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and certain types of adverse thromboembolic events. … READ MORE …

“The best” therapy for Gleason 10 prostate cancer

We recently saw (see this link) that men diagnosed with a Gleason score (GS) of 9 or 10 had lower rates of metastasis and better prostate-cancer survival if … READ MORE …