Further experience with salvage HIFU after first-line EBRT

A second, small study has now offered additional data on clinical experience of the use of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) as a form of salvage therapy in men initially diagnosed with localized prostate cancer, but with a rising PSA after external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) as their first-line treatment. … READ MORE …

Adverse effects of first-line treatments for localized prostate cancer

Prospective data from a significant Spanish study provide us with additional insights into the short- and longer-term adverse effects of common types of invasive therapy for localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Sunday at the ASCO annual meeting

There were a number of significant prostate cancer presentations today, and while none of them were “game changing” (for a variety of reasons), they are certainly worthy of notice. … READ MORE …

Results of a randomized trial of two modern types of radiation therapy

A newly published Italian study offers what we believe to be the first direct comparison of two “modern” types of external beam radiation therapy for the treatment of localized, high-risk prostate cancer. This is a relatively small trial, with relatively brief follow-up to date, but the results are nontheless interesting and important. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Tuesday, July 21, 2009

In today’s news reports we comment on studies dealing with:

  • PSA level, body mass index, risk, and outcomes
  • External beam radiotherapy in treatment of Japanese patients
  • An endorectal balloon to prevent anal/rectal side effects of radiation?
  • The optimal period of neoadjuvant hormone therapy prior to radiation therapy … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Tuesday, July 7, 2009

In today’s news reports we address new data on:

  • The possible association between PSA levels and SNPs
  • Patient age at diagnosis and prostate cancer outcomes
  • Revalidation of the Stephenson nomogram for outcomes after salvage radiation therapy
  • Failure to follow best practices for radiation of bony metastases … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer radiotherapy in men on warfarin or Plavix

A recent study has assessed the risk of bleeding as a consequence of radiation therapy for localized prostate cancer in men being treated with anticoagulants . … READ MORE …