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 …