More on the hypothetical potential of focal therapy for prostate cancer

A new article (available in full text) discusses the hypothetical potential of focal therapy as a form of treatment that “bridges the gap” between active surveillance and whole gland surgery or whole gland ablation for men with small amounts of early stage cancer that is entirely confined to their prostates. … READ MORE …

Potential years of life lost due to prostate cancer in the USA: 1972-2006

An analysis published by Kamel et al. in the Journal of Urology earlier this year offers an estimate of the potential years of life lost (PYLL) due to prostate cancer in seven 5-year periods between 1972 and 2006. (Prostate cancer was the most prevalent of several forms of urogenital cancer addressed in this report.) … READ MORE …

Loss of productive life due to prostate cancer in 2004

Li et al. have attempted to estimate the numbers of years of potential life lost (YPLL) and the productivity losses due to deaths from male urogenital cancers (including prostate cancer) in the United States in 2004. … READ MORE …

Further defining the potential for focal therapy

A study from investigators at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center has attempted to assess the likelihood of total eradication of prostate cancer in men with prostate cancer that is found in only one lobe of the prostate and who would  qualify for subtotal prostate ablation with controlled thermal energy using such techniques as cryoablation or high-intensity focused ultrasound. … READ MORE …