No need to endure 38 to 44 treatments with IMRT anymore

There have been several hypofractionation trials maturing in the last couple of years. With minor exceptions, they all tell the same story: external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) can be completed in less time without loss of efficacy or increase in toxicity. … READ MORE …

SBRT vs. standard IMRT as first-line radiation therapy for localized prostate cancer

Many readers may be interested in an article by Gina Kolata in today’s issue of The New York Times. It deals with the rising popularity of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) in the management of localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Clinical trial design, clinical advice to patients, and clinical decision-making: not the same thing at all

In a recent opinion piece in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Dr. Anthony D’Amico (a prostate cancer specialist for whom we have great respect) has again aired his concerns about risk for progression to metastatic disease among men on active surveillance. … READ MORE …

Brachy boost: the gold standard for progression-free survival of high-risk prostate cancer

Several randomized clinical trials have established the superior oncological outcomes of the combination of external beam radiotherapy with a high-dose-rate brachytherapy boost (see this link). … READ MORE …

Current trends in the management of oligometastatic prostate cancer

In what one of the authors has described as “a somewhat critical and light-hearted look at our current enthusiasm for aggressive approaches to oligometastatic prostate cancer”, an article currently in press asks some serious questions about the use of metastasis-directed therapy or MTD in the management of such patients. … READ MORE …

Videos from the 2017 APCCC in St. Gallen, Switzerland

The Advanced Prostate Cancer Consensus Conference was held in St. Gallen, Switzerland, on March 9 to 11, and there are a series of video interviews about some of the presentations now available on the UroToday web site … READ MORE …

What’s good for the patient is not always what they want

The following article was originally published in the ASCO Connection magazine on February 22, 2017 (click here for the original). It was written by Anne Katz, RN, PhD, FAAN, … READ MORE …