How would you like your own, personal, prostate cancer management dashboard on line?

A fascinating paper recently published on line in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association addresses issues related to the development and use of personalized dashboards conveying patient outcomes-reported data in prostate cancer care over time. … READ MORE …

Good provider-patient communication is important … but not everything

Another new report on the topic of provider-patient communication and the management of prostate cancer has demonstrated the importance of information content and interpersonal relationships between patient and provider to patient satisfaction with their care. … READ MORE …

Partner participation in prostate cancer treatment decision-making

Men are often torn between involving their family members in health-care decision-making and trying to keep the whole issue to themselves because they just “don’t want to make a big deal about it.” But prostate cancer is a big deal — for the patient and for his immediate family. … READ MORE …

Case volume and outcomes after brachytherapy

It has been well known for a while now that, as far as radical prostatectomy is concerned, surgeons with a high case volume tend to have better overall outcomes with a lower incidence of adverse effects than the average. A recent paper by Chen et al. has made an initial attempt to determine whether the same effects are evident with respect to brachytherapy. And the answer is not entirely positive — but there are limitations to this study. … READ MORE …