Continence and sexual function after RALP as opposed to LRP

A paper just published in European Urology claims that prostate cancer patients treated with robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) recover continence and sexual function faster than those treated with non-robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery (LRP). … READ MORE …

Two interesting articles on Medscape recently

A couple of recent articles on the Medscape web site deal with aspects of the effectiveness and safety of robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) and various types of radiation therapy in the first-line treatment of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Time-related loss of erectile function after low-dose-rate brachytherapy

It has long been understood that erectile function after first-line treatment for localized prostate cancer is affected by (a) erectile function before treatment and (b) elapsed time after treatment. However, the available data offering a careful analysis of the chronology of erectile function after first-line treatment of localized prostate cancer has been limited. … READ MORE …

An interesting report on GU and other complications after PBRT

A new article on the WebMD web site appears under the heading “Targeted radiation may help men avoid impotence,” but it is the incidence of adverse genitourinary (GU) obstructive symptoms during and after treatment that is of greater interest to The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink. … READ MORE …

Language, masculinity, and prostate cancer therapy: a social perspective

A recent article in the International Journal of Men’s Health argues that we need to be more honest with patients about the impact of “hormone therapy” in the treatment of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

New “nerve sparing score” predicts post-surgical erectile function

The prostate cancer research team at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) has proposed and tested a new means for categorizing the amount of “damage” to the cavernous nerves as a method of predicting preservation of erectile  function after radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Friday, August 14, 2009

Today’s news reports cover items on:

  • Patient understanding of the risks and benefits of active surveillance
  • Outcomes after RALP assessed using subjective and objective evalauation criteria
  • Viagra and post-surgical recovery of erectile function
  • Combining 153Sm-EDTMP and zoledronic acid to treat bone pain in patients with metastatic disease … READ MORE …

Use of aids to erectile function after treatment for localized disease

A new study provides us with evaluated associations between demographic and clinical characteristics, quality of life outcome measures, and the use of aids to erectile function in men with prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Post-RP recovery of erectile function: better data needed!

Our knowledge about the rate of recovery of erectile function after radical prostatectomy really isn’t very good. Rates of recovery seem to vary greatly based on how erectile function and dysfunction are defined, how data are collected, how much time elapses between surgery and measurement of erectile function, and even the specific population studied. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Saturday, May 9, 2009

This morning’s news reports discuss:

  • Vasectomy and prostate cancer
  • Preservation of erectile function during radical prostatectomy
  • Interferon-alfa as a treatment for localized prostate cancer
  • Immunotherapeutic agents in treatment of prostate cancer … READ MORE …

Durability of erectile function following brachytherapy

The long-term durability of erectile function after treatment for prostate cancer is dependent on a wide range of factors, including age, type of therapy, other medical conditions, etc. A recent study has assessed long-term changes in erectile function following prostate brachytherapy. … READ MORE …

The Wednesday news report: March 25, 2009

We have separately addressed data from a 15-year follow-up of a population-based Swedish screening study. Other reports today deal with:

  • The impact of dietary and supplemental zinc on prostate cancer risk
  • Prediction of risk for loss/preservation of erectile function post- prostatectomy
  • Anti-androgen therapy and brachytherapy: options and outcomes … READ MORE ….

The Tuesday news update: March 3, 2009

Today’s news covers:

  • The ongoing trial of toremifene 20 mg in prevention of prostate cancer
  • Interleukin-6 in the development of prostate cancer
  • Preservation of the fascia and recovery of erectile function post-surgery
  • The use of urethral wall stents and delayed artificial urinary sphincters to treat men with severe, recurrent bladder neck contracture and incontinence after radical prostatectomy … READ MORE …

Continence and erectile function between 2 and 4 years post-surgery

There are few published reports on changes in continence and erectile function beyond 2 years after radical prostatectomy. A newly published, prospective study has reported on continence and erectile function between 2 and 4 years after radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …