Can a man be too young for active surveillance?

There is a “conventional wisdom” that active surveillance (AS) is only for older men, and that younger men are better off having immediate radical treatment, typically prostatectomy (RP).

Longer life or quality of life? What do newly diagnosed patients really want?

A third, and interesting, late-breaking poster to be presented at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Urological Association looked into patient perspectives on quality of life as opposed to quantity of life in prostate cancer treatment decision making. … READ MORE …

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 …

A Lancet Oncology editorial

This week’s issue of The Lancet Oncology carries an interesting editorial entitled “Perceptions of cancer in society must change.” It’s well worth a read. And the full text is available on line. … 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 …

Guessing the future price of the next major breakthrough in prostate cancer treatment

In an article published on Monday September 28, in Pharmaceutical Executive (a well-known biopharmaceutical industry trade journal) a senior health care public relations executive recently laid out a detailed rationale for why the industry needs to do a better job … READ MORE …