MRI and MRI-guided biopsies — a new Cochrane review

Cochrane reviews are structured, systematic, focused reviews of evidence in the field of medicine that either support or do not support specific forms of diagnosis and management of patients with or suspected of having particular disorders. … READ MORE …

Back to basics: two useful articles to pass along

The Prostate Cancer Foundation posted two useful and basic articles on its blog site this December that may be useful resources for men concerned about their risk for or newly diagnosed with prostate cancer or monitoring their PSA over time (for any one of all sorts of possible reasons). … READ MORE …

What did the patient actually die of?

Two questions that come up regularly are whether: (a) men who are said to have died of prostate cancer actually did, and (b) men with prostate cancer who are said to have died of something else actually died of their prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

False-negative findings on mpMRI scans of men with clinically significant prostate cancer

Some people aren’t going to be happy about the following data, but they come from one of the most sophisticated prostate cancer imaging centers in the world … and they make it very clear indeed that multiparametric MRI scanning (mpMRI) is less than perfect in identification of risk for prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Patients’ understanding of the risks and benefits of first-line treatment

A newly published article in BJU International has (finally) proven something many prostate cancer educators and advocates have known for years: many patients have a very poor appreciation of the risks and benefits of their differing treatment options at the time they make decisions about first-line treatment for localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

mpMRI scans can eliminate the need for prostate biopsy in 27 percent of men at risk

Another presentation at the ASCO annual meeting yesterday morning came from the PROMIS trial in the UK. … READ MORE …

mpMRIs, targeted biopsies, and the accuracy of Gleason grading

A new study that is in press on line in the Journal of Urology addresses, very reasonably, the question of whether using targeted biopsy methods based on multiparametric MRI (mpMRI) data is improving our ability to accurately assess patient’s Gleason grades and scores prior to decisions about treatment. … READ MORE …