Are low serum levels of vitamin D a risk factor for aggressive forms of prostate cancer?

It has long between understood that there is an association between a man’s serum levels of vitamin D and his risk for prostate cancer in general and clinically significant prostate cancer in particular. … READ MORE …

Some refreshing truths about erectile function post-surgery

A refreshingly honest article published this year in Translational Andrology and Urology, and reprinted in full on the Medscape web site, offers a somewhat depressing assessment of the state of the art of prevention of erectile dysfunction and/or rehabilitation of erectile function in men undergoing radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …

Does radical prostatectomy really extend life … at least in Denmark?

A newly published paper in the Scandinavian Journal of Urology comes to the potentially controversial conclusion that “the gain in life expectancy” after surgical treatment by radical prostatectomy “is minimal” for Danish men with prostate cancer compared to the life expectancy of Danish men in general. … READ MORE …

“Normal” sexual functionality after a radical prostatectomy — it’s not very likely

According to a report on the Science Daily web site today, a presentation at the ongoing European Association of Urology (EAU) meeting in Madrid, Spain, suggests that the ability to regain normal erectile and sexual function after a radical prostatectomy is actually rather worse than one might have thought. … READ MORE …

How much do you think you should pay for a radical prostatectomy?

We wish we’d seen this earlier, but apparently in March 2014 an article in Urology gave us an outstanding overview of the wildly different prices that you (but perhaps not your insurance company) might be asked to pay for a radical prostatectomy at 100 hospitals across the USA. … READ MORE …

The SPCG-4 trial: follow-up data after > 23 years

This week’s New England Journal of Medicine contains data from a fifth update to the Scandinavian Prostate Cancer Group Study Number 4 (SPCG-4) trial of radical prostatectomy vs. watchful waiting in “early” prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Does “changing urologists” improve outcomes after surgery?

In what appears to be a fascinating study from a group of researchers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore come data suggesting that patients who “changed urologists” had better short-term surgical outcomes after radical prostatectomy. So the question has to be, what did the research team mean by “changed urologists”? … READ MORE …

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