Decision aids and prostate cancer: how useful are they?

Your sitemaster has long had concerns about the real value of decision aids in helping men to think about and come to conclusions about controversial issues in the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Modern prostate cancer imaging: application of the right scan at the right time

A new “opinion” article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology this week has addressed the complex issue of how best to think about (a) how we are regulating use of and (b) how we are applying new forms of imaging technique in the management of prostate cancer … READ MORE …

What patients think and understand can impact their decisions and their outcomes

It has long been appreciated that African-American males have higher risk for diagnosis with prostate cancer, and higher risk for prostate cancer-specific mortality, than those of other ethnic origins living in the US. … READ MORE …

Salvage radiation dose: decision-making under uncertainty

A large, well-done, confirmed, randomized clinical trial (RCT) is the only evidence that proves that one therapy is better than other. According to current consensus, this is deemed “Level 1a” evidence. But this high level of evidence is seldom available. … READ MORE …

How can shared decision-making work well if we aren’t starting from the same point?

Now here is a very interesting set of data from (admittedly) a small pilot study by a group of Italian researchers. … 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 …

Decision aids and decision-making in prostate cancer risk

Your sitemaster has long believed that, while electronic and other decision aids can be helpful in providing men with information and education about prostate cancer, their value in helping them to make the best decisions is less clear. … READ MORE …