The real risk of secondary malignancies due to prostate radiation

Some of the media (see this Medscape article) have already pounced on a meta-analysis on this topic published by a group of researchers from the University of Toronto. The media misguidedly focus on relative risk rather than absolute risk. We examined this very complex subject last year (see this link). … 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 …

The absolute increase in risk of prostate cancer after a vasectomy

Late last week we commented briefly on a paper by Siddiqui et al. that had assessed the association between risk for a diagnosis of prostate cancer and the prior occurrence of a vasectomy in men who participated in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS). … READ MORE …

“Show me the [proton beam radiation therapy data]!”

A new article in this month’s issue of The ASCO Post addresses the need for concrete evidence that proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) is actually “better” than modern forms of photon-based external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) in the management of prostate cancer (and other forms of cancer). … READ MORE …

Time to give The Daily Mail the finger!

Sometimes it is difficult to decide who to be more irritated at … the researchers who publish highly dubious data, the PR people who send out the breathless press releases touting the highly dubious data, or the media that actually publish these data as if they are correct and/or important. … READ MORE …