Population-based rates of treatment for prostate cancer: 2007-2012

The population-based rate of Medicare patients getting treatment for prostate cancer dropped by 42 percent from 2007 to 2012 … but this drop did not occur in patients who had a high risk of dying from a cause other than prostate cancer within 10 years, who are arguably among those who least need immediate treatment for prostate cancer (and especially for low-risk forms of prostate cancer). … READ MORE …

Men beware!

Editorial note: The following is an anonymous commentary that has been posted twice to this web site in recent days. Parts of it are factually accurate. Some of it is certainly factually inaccurate. Most of it appears to refer to the situation here in America. And a lot of it is personal opinion (as the author states). … READ MORE …

tPSA, cPSA, %fPSA and risk for diagnosis with and death from prostate cancer

Data from a series of > 1,200 Danish patients, all referred by their primary primary care physicians to a single, specialized urology practice, seems to confirm what has long been suspected about the relative values of total and complex PSA levels in the diagnosis of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

A potential new model for prostate cancer screening?

A highly influential group of senior urologists have come together to propose a new model as a methodology for screening men for risk of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

“New prostate cancer tests aim to reduce the death rate”

A new article with the above title (by Andrew Zaleski) on the CNBC web site gives background on some of the wide range of new tests that are starting to help to tell us who really needs early treatment for prostate cancer and who doesn’t. This article may be a useful backgrounder of many readers … but it doesn’t address all of these new tests …

Results of the PCaI prostate cancer patient “value” survey

Earlier this year, in late May and early June, Prostate Cancer International (PCaI) conducted what we have described as a very primitive pilot survey on prostate cancer patients’ perceptions of “value” in the management of this disease. … READ MORE …

Just how accurate are current genetic/genomic tests in the diagnosis and prognosis of prostate cancer?

As we have pointed out regularly over the years, all prostate cancers are by no means the same. And a recently published paper in European Urology makes the inherent diversity in the subtypes of prostate cancer even clearer — even within any one specific patient. … READ MORE …