Do you have ADVANCED prostate cancer?

A researcher at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Nursing is conducting a study to better understand supportive care needs and quality of life among individuals with ADVANCED forms of prostate cancer. If you live in the USA or its territories and are a patient with ADVANCED (i.e., recurrent, non-localized, or metastatic) prostate cancer, you are potentially eligible to participate. … READ MORE …

The forgotten element of health care is the “care” piece

A week ago we commented on a report about 40 percent of the American population believing that “alternative” forms of therapy could cure cancer. In this week’s issue of Modern Medicine there is an even more staggering set of information. … READ MORE …

Harris Poll shows that 40 percent of Americans think “alternative therapies alone can cure cancer”

The above headline comes from information released yesterday by the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). … READ MORE …

Continuity of care for men initially started on active surveillance

You may have noticed that your sitemaster has become a tad obsessed with the ways in which active surveillance is being carried out at different centers and the potential for standardization of this process in the interests of definable groups of patients. … READ MORE …

How well did your urologist do for you?

A new report in the journal JAMA Surgery has suggested that urologists who see fewer patients tend to get higher satisfaction ratings than those with higher-volume practices. … READ MORE …

Why “patient-reported outcomes” are important

As regular readers will be aware, your sitemaster is a tad obsessed with the quality of “care” that patients receive from their healthcare providers (as opposed to “just” the quality of their diagnosis and treatment). … READ MORE …

More reports from the EAU “Update on Prostate Cancer”

Dr. Zachary Klaassen and UroToday have provided us with four more interesting summaries of presentations by faculty at the European Association for Urology (EAU)’s meeting in Vienna last weekend. … READ MORE …

Good advocacy, good advice, and the quality of CARE

Your sitemaster has decided that we need to be very clear about something related to the management of (in particular) low-risk and very low-risk, localized prostate cancer — but it applies across the prostate cancer spectrum over time … … READ MORE …

PROs, quality of care, quality of outcome, and quality of life

As regular readers will be aware, your sitemaster is mildly obsessed with issues related to the quality of care that prostate cancer patients receive over time (as well as the quality of specific types of care at specific points in time). … READ MORE …

How primary care physicians could better help prostate cancer patients

A newly published article on the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine offers some helpful guidance to primary care  physicians on the subject of prostate cancer diagnosis and its management. … 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 …

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 …