“Unrealistic optimism” and participation in early-stage clinical trials

There is an excellent article by Pauline Chen in today’s New York Times. It is focused on the mindsets of patients who willingly participate in the very earliest clinical trials of  new drugs for the treatment of cancer, and on ethical issues related to enrollment of patients into these trials. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Today’s news reports summarize papers recently published on:

  • Optimism, pessimism, and long-term health outcomes
  • External beam radiation + hormone therapy for high-risk patients
  • Quality of life and health utility after radical prostatectomy
  • Paclitaxel + estradiol combination therapy in men progressing after docetaxel-based chemotherapy … READ MORE …