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 …

Check what you know about diagnosis of prostate cancer

There’s a new slide presentation on the Medscape web site that is designed to help primary care physicians keep up to date on the initial diagnosis of prostate cancer and its implications. … READ MORE …

Lack of evidence should be clearly shared with patients

Many readers of this news blog may want to listen to or read Dr. Gerald Chodak’s latest video blog on the Medscape Oncology web site. … READ MORE …

Educating the family doctor about prostate cancer management

The August 15 issue of American Family Physician — supposedly one of the most widely read medical journals in America — carried an article by Mohan and Schellhammer entitled “Treatment options for localized prostate cancer.” Unfortunately the full text of this article is not available on line for the average reader. … READ MORE …

PCPs’ opinions about PSA testing and “shared decision-making”

A report in Family Medicine gives us some insight into the views of primary care physicians (PCPs) with respect to PSA testing for prostate cancer risk and the appropriate roles of the patient and the physician in the decision to have or not have PSA tests. … READ MORE …

Physician influence on decision to select active surveillance

A small study from the University of Miami has confirmed the unsurprising but important information that patients are heavily influenced by physicians in their decision to elect (or not elect) active surveillance (AS) as a management option for low-risk prostate cancer. … READ MORE …