Anxiety and AS: a patient’s perspective

In his most recent commentary on living on active surveillance, journalist Howard Wolinsky writes about the issue of anxiety which can affect a significant subset of men who are appropriate candidates for active surveillance (AS) or who have difficulty staying on AS — particularly during their first two years of management using this technique. … READ MORE …

How anxiety affects prostate cancer patients on active surveillance over time

“Anxiety” of different types is a problem associated with every diagnosis of prostate cancer. Such anxiety comes with particular implications for men implementing active surveillance as an initial management strategy after initial diagnosis with very low-, low-, or favorable intermediate-risk prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

The impact of emotional distress on prostate cancer decision-making

According to a newly published paper in the Journal of Urology,

Emotional distress may motivate men with low risk prostate cancer to choose more aggressive treatment. Addressing emotional distress before and during treatment decision making may reduce a barrier to the uptake of active surveillance.

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What … you’re afraid your cancer might recur? What a surprise!

There is some scientific literature that gets presented and published that makes one wonder, seriously, what is going on in the minds of the researchers — let alone in the minds of the people who agree to fund such research. … READ MORE …

Music (plus lidocaine) soothes the savaged male

A small, randomized, pilot study has shown that music (along with some lidocaine) reduces the anxiety, pain, and dissatisfaction of men having a TRUS-guided biopsy compared to the lidocaine alone. … READ MORE …

Mental and emotional distress among patients with cancer

A new study just published yesterday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology provides some interesting insights into the risk for various types of mental and emotional distress associated with diagnosis and treatment of cancer among > 2,100 patients with cancer interviewed according to a standardized protocol in Germany. … READ MORE …

Biopsy in D minor by Johann Sebastian you know who

A group of medical students and fellows at Duke University have shown that if you distract patients’ attention while they are having a prostate biopsy it can (at least to some extent) reduce the likelihood of patient reports of pain and anxiety associated with the procedure. … READ MORE …