“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 …

What does “value” mean for prostate cancer patients?

Many readers who weren’t able to join us on yesterday’s CureTalk panel discussion may want to listen to what was a wide-ranging discussion about things that are really valuable to prostate cancers patients at diagnosis and along their prostate cancer journey. … READ MORE …

What is “value” for patients in the management of prostate cancer?

Healthcare and medicine have started to become engaged in what is liable to be a long and complex discussion about the “value” of different aspects of healthcare delivery. … READ MORE …

A frequent and fundamental failure in communication

An interesting article on the Medscape web site this week is entitled, “Tough talks with cancer patients: dealing with challenges.” … READ MORE …

A duty of care in the management of prostate cancer

A new article in the journal Nature Reviews: Urology is entitled, “The implications of ageing and life expectancy in prostate cancer treatment.” It’s an important issue. … READ MORE …

The value in personalization of expectant management strategies

A recent and truly excellent review in Nature Reviews: Urology offers us a very thoughtful set of insights on the role of “expectant” and “conservative” management (i.e., active surveillance and watchful waiting) in the care of men with prostate cancer today. … READ MORE …

Why we should care about standards of care?

“Standard of care” (SOC) is a legalistic term. As it applies to medicine, wh en a clinician follows an SOC, it means that he or she has proceeded with the reasonable caution that any minimally competent doctor would and should exercise in such circumstances. … READ MORE …

Something you can do NOW about the cost of care and “financial toxicities”

In an article in the October 25 issue of The ASCO Post, Dr. Jonas de Souza of the University of Chicago has introduced a new initiative to help all cancer patients and their doctors address the increasing problems associated with the costs of cancer care. … READ MORE …

Urologic care at the Phoenix VA Medical Center — it’s not been good!

A story in yesterday’s Washington Post suggests that US veterans seeking care for prostate cancer and other urologic conditions at the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, received the short end on a very short stick in the 2 years after the initial patient scheduling problems came to light. … READ MORE …

Race, disparities, and end-of-life care for prostate cancer patients

A newly published paper in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network has identified a series of significant disparities in there clinical care of African American men as opposed to Caucasians. … READ MORE …

Psychosocial care for prostate cancer survivors

A recent review of psychosocial care and prostate cancer survivorship originally appeared this year in the journal Translational Andrology and Urology. … READ MORE …

Cancer care today in rural communities across America

Readers who are interested in a current assessment of issues affecting the quality of (and access to) prostate cancer care services for those living in rural communities across America may want to download and review the two articles listed below. … READ MORE …