Germline mutations and risk for advanced prostate cancer

Many people are increasingly interested in whether genetic testing can help them to understand their risk for cancer. The basic answer is that “Yes, it can.” However, what is also clear is that it is only going to be helpful for a small percentage of the population. … READ MORE …

Are genomic tests for prognostic risk at diagnosis really helpful (yet)?

One of the critical and unanswered questions about the value of genomic/genetic testing in relation to the diagnosis and prognosis of prostate cancer is, “What are the currently available tests actually telling us compared to the clinical data?” … READ MORE …

Medicare to cover genetic/genomic testing in advanced cancers

In an important decision announced late on Friday last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it had agreed to cover costs associated with genetic/genomic testing for Medicare patients with many advanced forms of cancer. … READ MORE …

What we need to tell sons and grandsons about their risk for prostate cancer

Over the past few years, with the increased focus on the idea of “personalized” medicine, we have become increasingly informed about and focused on correlations between genetics and genomics and risk for prostate cancer. However, … READ MORE …

The Metastatic Prostate Cancer Project: listen to the program

Yesterday evening we were pleased to be able to collaborate with CureTalks to host a conversation with Dr. Eli Van Allen — the principal investigator for the Metastatic Prostate Cancer Project — to “spread the word” about this initiative. … READ MORE …

CureTalk with Dr. Eli Van Allen on the “Metastatic Prostate Cancer Project”

On Wednesday, February 21, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific), we will be collaborating with CureTalks to present the next CureTalk on prostate cancer. It will address the recently launched “Metastatic Prostate Cancer Project”. … READ MORE …

What did you hope to learn from your genetic test … if you have ever had one?

There’s a very nice article today on the MedPage Today web site about the medical value of “at-home genetic testing” (i.e., the sorts of tests available from companies like 23&Me and some others). … READ MORE …