High-dose vitamin D: negative results from a randomized clinical trial

Data from a recently published, Canadian, clinical trial of high-dose vitamin D as a method to strengthen bones in healthy adults who do not have osteoporesis have had significant and unexpectedly negative results. … READ MORE …

5-year follow-up after focal therapy with HIFU for localized prostate cancer

A new paper from the Emberton-Ahmed group in the UK has reported 5-year follow-up data from a cohort of > 600 patients with clinically significant, localized prostate cancer, all treated with focal forms of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). … READ MORE …

Why did biochemical control not translate into a survival increase after brachy boost therapy?

The first randomized clinical trial to prove that brachy boost radiotherapy had better oncological outcomes among high-risk patients was the one published by Sathya et al. in 2005. … READ MORE …

Brachy boost: the gold standard for progression-free survival of high-risk prostate cancer

Several randomized clinical trials have established the superior oncological outcomes of the combination of external beam radiotherapy with a high-dose-rate brachytherapy boost (see this link). … READ MORE …

EBRT works better with ADT for intermediate- and high-risk prostate cancer

The EORTC trial 22991 was designed and implemented to compare external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) + short-term androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) to EBRT alone as first-line therapy in patients with intermediate- and high-risk prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Low PSA + Gleason 8 to 10 disease predictive of higher risk, worse survival

It has been hypothesized for some time that men diagnosed with a low PSA level (i.e., < 4.0 ng/ml) but a high Gleason score (of 8, 9, or 10) are at elevated risk for more advanced disease and a shorter survival time than some others. … READ MORE …

The “best” form of first-line treatment for clinically significant, localized prostate cancer

From the perspective of the disinterested observer, one of the very least edifying aspects of issues related to the management of prostate cancer has been the nearly 50-year-long “discussion” between the urology community and the radiation oncology community about the most appropriate way(s) to treat localized disease. … READ MORE …