How well did your urologist do for you?

A new report in the journal JAMA Surgery has suggested that urologists who see fewer patients tend to get higher satisfaction ratings than those with higher-volume practices. … READ MORE …

How “average Americans” think about cancer today

Earlier this year the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) worked with the Harris Poll to put in place ASCO’s first annual National Cancer Opinion Survey. We thought many of our readers might be interested in the findings. … READ MORE …

Less treatment regret with SBRT, and when patients are fully informed

There is growing recognition that the patient’s satisfaction or regret with his treatment decision is more than just a matter of whether he is happy with the oncological outcome. Satisfaction/regret is the product of many variables, including how well he understood his options, his interactions with his doctors, the side effects he suffered and when he suffered them, his expectations about the side effects of treatment, and cultural factors. … READ MORE …

What is “value” for patients in the management of prostate cancer?

Healthcare and medicine have started to become engaged in what is liable to be a long and complex discussion about the “value” of different aspects of healthcare delivery. … 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 …

“Direct to consumer” testing for selected genes and risk for prostate cancer

We have noted previously that individualized genetic tests sold directly to consumers and patients as tools to assess risk for prostate cancer (and other disorders) often don’t meet FDA guidelines for marketing in the USA. Now there are more questions about the value of such tests. … READ MORE …

Addressing “sex vs. death” perceptions in prostate cancer treatment

The following is the full text of an article by Anne Katz, RN, PhD, who is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and AASECT-Certified Sexuality Counselor who blogs at ASCO Connection, where this post originally appeared. It is reproduced here with the kind permission of the American Society for Clinical Oncology. … READ MORE …