Survival of men with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer

There has been regular discussion here and elsewhere about the degree to which new forms of therapy have impacted patient survival since the original approval of docetaxel for treatment of metastatic, castration-resistant  prostate cancer (mCRPC). … 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 …

Are we all talking about AS the same way? Not yet!

An interesting new article in The ASCO Post tells us almost as much about the physicians who treat prostate cancer as it does about the options that are available to patients. … 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 …

An update on “screening” for prostate cancer: four perspectives

To quote the abstract of the paper discussed below, the use of the PSA test to screen for risk of prostate cancer “in men at normal risk of prostate cancer is one of the most contested issues in cancer screening.” No! Really? … READ MORE …

Kaiser reports on quality of life outcomes after first-line treatment for prostate cancer

Kaiser Permanente maintains a large data registry in  order to assess the quality of outcomes over time among tens of thousands of Kaiser patients, prostate cancer patients included. … READ MORE …

And now … data from the PCLO trial at 15 years …

A new update on the prostate cancer outcomes of the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial has given us a rather different interpretation of the meaning of the data from this trial — although whether that “meaning” actually has “meaning” is probably up for debate. … READ MORE …