Clinician characteristics affect likelihood of PSA testing in older men

A new article in JAMA Internal Medicine has quantified (to some extent) how characteristics of clinicians affect the probability of older men being given PSA tests within the Veterans Administration health system here in the US. … READ MORE …

A duty of care in the management of prostate cancer

A new article in the journal Nature Reviews: Urology is entitled, “The implications of ageing and life expectancy in prostate cancer treatment.” It’s an important issue. … READ MORE …

Estimation of life expectancy for newly diagnosed men with prostate cancer

A critical question for every patient newly diagnosed with prostate cancer is going to be, “How long am I going to live”? That question may be particularly important if a second and associated question is, “How long am I going to live if I just monitor my cancer on active surveillance or watchful waiting?” … READ MORE …

Patient life expectancy and application of radical prostatectomy in Ontario, Canada

An interesting epidemiological study just published on line in the Journal of Urology suggests that urologic surgeons in Ontario, Canada, are rather good at at estimating which patients diagnosed with prostate cancer have a life expectancy of 10+ years, making them reasonable candidates for radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …

Life expectancy ≤ 10 years and the risks associated with treatment

According to Reuters, a new article, forthcoming on line in the Annals of Internal Medicine, tells us (not too surprisingly) that, “Older men with other illnesses may not live long enough to benefit from aggressive prostate cancer treatments, such as prostate removal or radiation, and they’d have to live with their side effects.” … READ MORE …

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