PCF’s new prostate cancer patient guide

Over the past few months new staff at the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) in Santa Monica, CA, have been focused on developing new information and new content for the prostate cancer patient community that is more patient oriented than research oriented. An example is PCF’s new, 72-page Prostate Cancer Patient Guide. … 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 …

ASCO issues guidelines on physician-patient communication

Your sitemaster is uncertain whether to feel delighted or seriously concerned by the fact that the American Society for Medical Oncology (ASCO) has decided to issue guidelines for its members on how to communicate with patients. … READ MORE …

Treating the psychosocial and emotional impact of prostate cancer

It doesn’t take too much reading or direct experience to realize that, to date, we haven’t been very good at meeting the needs of patients with prostate cancer — or their spouses/partners — when it comes to the sociocultural and psychological needs associated with this disorder. … READ MORE …

Physician-patient relationships in the management of cancer

Many readers might want to know of and read an article by Richard Wassersug entitled “Common courtesy can humanize cancer care“, which you can find on the web site of The Conversation. … READ MORE …

How primary care physicians could better help prostate cancer patients

A newly published article on the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine offers some helpful guidance to primary care  physicians on the subject of prostate cancer diagnosis and its management. … READ MORE …

“Please include more patients at our medical meetings”

Apparently Howard Wolinsky’s participation as a patient in the active surveillance panel at the Genitourinary Cancer Symposium last month “hit a nerve” with at least one of the medical oncologists in the audience. … READ MORE …