Howard Wolinsky dodges another MRI and another biopsy

Under the heading “Rats, my PSA went up. Do I need another bleeping biopsy?” Howard Wolinsky provides us with the latest “lowdown” on his 8-year-long prostate cancer journey on active surveillance. … READ MORE …

“I’m not having another biopsy after the last one!”

It will come as no particular surprise that men who have had complications after a prior biopsy tend to be less enthusiastic when it is suggested that they need another one. However, … … READ MORE …

Repeated treatment with radium-223 after a first treatment cycle

Radium-223 or Xofigo was first approved in 2013 as “an alpha particle-emitting radioactive therapeutic agent indicated for the treatment of patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer, symptomatic bone metastases and no known visceral metastatic disease.” That meant (and still means) one course of treatment with six cycles of radium-223. However, … READ MORE …

mpMRIs vs. biopsies for repeat evaluations on active surveillance

A question on the minds of many prostate cancer researchers and clinicians (not to mention their patients) is if and when we may be able to replace repeat systematic prostate biopsies for patients on active surveillance (or seeking to start on active surveillance) with the significantly less invasive multiparametric MRIs (mpMRIs). … READ MORE …

Getting a repeat PSA test prior to biopsy … value now confirmed

For quite a while now The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink and many others have been advising men who get a single, somewhat elevated PSA test result to get that test repeated before they make any decisions about what else they may need to do. … READ MORE …

Low-dose salvage brachytherapy after first-line EBRT

The potential to use some form of second-line radiation therapy after failure of first-line radiation therapy has long been intriguing, and is highly dependent on the dose and precise volume of the target of first-line radiation therapy. … READ MORE …

Morbidity associated with HIFU at three UK academic centers

A group of three centers in the UK has been investigating the appropriate use of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) since 2004. … READ MORE …