How broadly is your doctor smiling?

Dr. Craig Hildreth is a medical oncologist who writes a regular blog about issues related to the management of patients with cancer on the CancerNetwork web site. … READ MORE …

Good provider-patient communication is important … but not everything

Another new report on the topic of provider-patient communication and the management of prostate cancer has demonstrated the importance of information content and interpersonal relationships between patient and provider to patient satisfaction with their care. … READ MORE …

Age, communication, and access to appropriate prostate cancer services/options

Newly reported data from the German HAROW study suggests that older men diagnosed with prostate cancer are less informed that younger men about access to things like patient support groups, post-treatment rehabilitation services, and second medical opinions. … READ MORE …

The patient-doctor communication/decision process in Europe

An interesting but underpowered study just reported as a “mini-review” in BJU International gives us some (but not much) new information from Europe about the comparative expectations of urologists and prostate cancer patients around the discussion of new diagnosis and the the choice between appropriate treatment options. … READ MORE …

The patients’ expectations and the doctors’ dilemmas

The following article was just published by Ranjana Srivastava, MD, in The New England Journal of Medicine under the title “Dealing with uncertainty in a time of plenty.” … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer treatment in southwestern Georgia: race and a rural environment

A new study just published in Urology seems to confirm facts that have previously been identified in earlier studies of how men elect to get treated for localized prostate cancer in parts of the USA with a high proportion of African American residents and relatively low income levels. … READ MORE …

The news report: Thursday, April 23, 2009

We have reported separately on a study of the long-term durability of erectile function following brachytherapy using permanent seed implantation. Other reports today address:

  • Literacy levels and prostate cancer communication
  • Antiperspirant use as a possible cause of prostate (and breast) cancer
  • A gene-based tool to predict prostate cancer risk
  • Drugs in development for prostate cancer prevention
  • PSA velocity and prostate cancer diagnosis
  • Identification of good candidates for salvage radical prostatectomy … READ MORE …