Standard 1.5 T MRIs in pre-treatment staging of localized prostate cancer

According to a report from a major British teaching hospital, simple, standard, 1.5 T MRI scanning (without use of an endorectal coil) does not improve preoperative staging of localized prostate cancer and should not be used in this scenario. … READ MORE …

Abiraterone acetate may help to eliminate cancer prior to surgery in some men with high-risk, localized disease

According to the abstract of a paper to be presented at the upcoming meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology in Chicago at the beginning of June, 24 weeks of treatment with neoadjuvant abiraterone acetate + prednisone + an LHRH agonist appears to be able to eliminate visible risk of prostate cancer in post-surgical specimens in a small percentage of men diagnosed with high-risk disease. … READ MORE …

Pre-surgical stress management and radical prostatectomy

One’s attitude of mind is well known to affect one’s response to certain types of treatment for many different disorders. At the very simplest level, people with a “glass half full” mentality do have a tendency to recover better from their illnesses than those who see the glass as being “half empty.” … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Saturday, February 20, 2010

In today’s news reports we comment briefly on recent papers that deal with:

  • Radical prostatectomy in men > 75 years of age
  • The impact of anticoagulant therapy on clinical outcomes after radiation therapy
  • The “feasibility” of pre-surgical, docetaxel-based chemotherapy in high-risk patients … READ MORE …