The importance of listening to patients

A report yesterday on on the MedPage Today web site quotes Scott Gottlieb, MD, the Commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on the importance of “Listening to patients” and on how patients’ perspectives can inform drug development, drug review, and physicians’ prescribing habits. … READ MORE …

Prostate ablation using HIFU — the role of patient preference information

A newly published review by staff of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FD) addresses the potential role for patient preference information (PPI) in determining patient perceptions of the “value” of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and similar techniques in the management of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

How can shared decision-making work well if we aren’t starting from the same point?

Now here is a very interesting set of data from (admittedly) a small pilot study by a group of Italian researchers. … READ MORE …

“Prostate Cancer Today” — patient education meeting in Virginia Beach

This is reminder that Prostate Cancer International will be holding its second annual prostate cancer patient meeting (“Prostate Cancer Today: Living Well; Choosing Wisely”) on October 13, 2018, in Virginia Beach, near Norfolk, Virginia, USA. … READ MORE …

“Prostate Cancer Today”, October 13, 2018 (in Norfolk, VA)

This is an initial announcement that Prostate Cancer International will be holding its second annual prostate cancer patient meeting (“Prostate Cancer Today: Living Well; Choosing Wisely”) on October 13, 2018, in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. … READ MORE …

Patient choice and the effectiveness and safety of HIFU

An interesting article has just been published in the Journal of Urology which helps to provide information (and context) about the quality of data supporting the use of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) in the treatment of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

A survey on “Understanding your prostate cancer experience”

Researchers at the University of Galway in Ireland have recently posted a short, anonymous, questionnaire on line related to psychological and emotional aspects of being diagnosed with and treated for prostate cancer. It took about 7 minutes to complete. … READ MORE …