Another systemic failure of care and about whether anyone cared at all

Sometimes it’s easier to blame the patient than it is to blame the medical system, and so that’s what people often do. But if one is going to blame the patient, then one really ought to have data to back it up. … READ MORE …

Wotz goin’ on in Canada? And wotz “True Nth”?

So apparently Prostate Cancer Canada has been working (rather secretively) on a series of projects under the umbrella name of their “True Nth” initiative. But it’s a little difficult to work out quite what is encompassed by this initiative, which has been funded (at least in part) by Movember. … READ MORE …

Caring in medicine … and a case study in change

As many readers will know, your sitemaster can be a little obsessed by how the medical community can bring extraordinary technology and skill to the provision of medical interventions (for prostate cancer and every other serious disorder), but simultaneously have little to no awareness of an oft-apparent failure to provide the “care” that their patients so desperately need. … READ MORE …

“Palliative care” is supportive care, not hospice care

On October 17 (next Monday) at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, our friends at CureTalks will be running a call-in teleconference on palliative care for cancer patients that may be of interest to some of our readers. … READ MORE …

How closely do you feel connected to your doctors?

Your sitemaster has mentioned before that he likes to keep an eye on the blog by the medical oncologist Dr. Craig Hildreth on the CancerNetwork.com web site. … READ MORE …

Living with very advanced forms of prostate cancer

A new article in the journal Supportive Care in Cancer makes the point that informational needs and resources for men dealing with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer continue to be relatively poor — a fact that we would not disagree with. … READ MORE …

Patient follow-up and care after first-line treatment for prostate cancer

Some of the most interesting data on the management of prostate cancer seem to be coming out of Australia in recent years — and the newly reported data from the ProCare trial is a case in point. … READ MORE …