Participation in a patient support group increases prostate cancer patient knowledge

A newly published study from a group of German researchers examined the degree to which participation in patient support group activities increased prostate cancer patients’ health literacy and, specifically, their prostate cancer‐specific and non‐cancer‐specific knowledge about health care. … READ MORE …

A problem with cancer screening (at least in the USA)

According to a recent report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, only 5.6 percent of a sample of 3,677 Americans of 18 years of age or older could correctly evaluate four simple statements about cancer screening. … READ MORE …

Patients’ understanding of the risks and benefits of first-line treatment

A newly published article in BJU International has (finally) proven something many prostate cancer educators and advocates have known for years: many patients have a very poor appreciation of the risks and benefits of their differing treatment options at the time they make decisions about first-line treatment for localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

The human capacity for denial … or at the very least avoidance

Your sitemaster is intimately familiar with the human capacity for denial and avoidance. As someone who has spent much of his life writing for a living, he knows all too well his capacity for avoiding some topics until he absolutely has to deal with them! … READ MORE …

Satisfaction with “information provision” among Dutch prostate cancer patients

Sometimes — your sitemaster is willing to admit — he can become distinctly aggravated by the quality and conclusions of certain types of research related to the management of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

The less you know, the harder the decisions about treatment …

In one more of those utterly unsurprising research findings, a study of newly diagnosed patients has shown that poor patient knowledge about the nature of prostate cancer is associated with “decisional conflict” leading to stress and anxiety given the uncertainty associated with the relative “value” of the many possible management options. … READ MORE …

Decision aids, PSA-based screening, and male decision-making

According to a newly published study in JAMA Internal Medicine, web-based and print-based decision aids do help men to resolve their own internal conflicts about whether or not to get PSA tests for risk of prostate cancer … READ MORE …