The pros and cons of “screening” for prostate cancer

A newly published article by Shoag et al. in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has suggested that the risks associated with “screening” for prostate cancer using the PSA test may not be as high as previously suggested. … READ MORE …

More on familial and hereditary risk for prostate cancer

Slowly but surely we are learning more about the roles of family history and familial genetics (heredity) in determining risk for prostate cancer — and most especially risk for clinically significant forms of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Germline testing to assess risk for specific types of prostate cancer

The recommendations of the Philadelphia Prostate Cancer Consensus Conference 2019 (held in October last year) on implementation of germline testing for risk of prostate cancer have now been published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. … READ MORE …

Importance of adding ADT to brachy boost therapy for men with unfavorable-risk prostate cancer

Last month, we looked at Level 1 evidence (highest level, superseding all previous studies) that for unfavorable-risk patients, brachy boost therapy (BBT) — i.e., external beam therapy (EBRT) with a brachytherapy boost to the prostate — has better results when accompanied by 18 months of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) (see this link). … READ MORE …

Alas … PPV not good for PI-RADS at all

For the past few years, some of us have been quietly concerned about the true value of MRI scans and the accuracy of PI-RADS scores in evaluation of a patient’s risk for the presence of clinically significant prostate cancer. This is a complex issue … but data from a large, recently completed study has now validated these concerns. … READ MORE …

Focal therapy for localized prostate cancer: the “state of the art”

In a report on the UroToday web site, John Fortin, a prostate cancer patient who chose to have focal therapy himself a while ago, has reported on information presented at the 12th International Symposium on Focal Therapy and Imaging in Prostate and Kidney Cancer, which was held in Washington, DC, in February this year. … READ MORE …

FamGenix — a family health history app

As the Democratic Party discovered this week in Iowa, apps can have problems. However, there are also apps that prove to be very useful straight out of the gate — and they can be improved over time too. … READ MORE …

Diabetes and risk for prostate cancer

There have long been suggestions that men already diagnosed with and receiving treatment for diabetes are at lower risk for a subsequent diagnosis of prostate cancer than non-diabetics. However, a very large, new, epidemiological analysis seems to suggest strongly that this may not be the case at all. … READ MORE …

Risk for prostate cancer in men under 40 years of age

A newly published paper by Blayer et al. in in the journal Cancer has stated that,

Worldwide, the incidence of prostate cancer has increased in all groups between ages 15 and 40 years and increased globally at a steady rate averaging 2% per year since 1990.

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Risk for early onset prostate cancer MAY BE increased in some infertile men

In posting the following commentary, we wish to be VERY clear that, at this time, there is no definitive evidence that there is a causal relationship between male infertility and risk for prostate cancer, but this does appear to be a POSSIBILITY. … READ MORE …

Projecting risk for metastasis after radical prostatectomy

A new paper in Clinical Genitourinary Cancer has provided us with some more detailed information about risk for metastasis in men with recurrent prostate cancer after first-line surgery. … READ MORE …

Does eating mushrooms prevent prostate cancer?

Well, maybe, … at least among men living in in the Miyagi and Ohsaki prefectures, in Japan. … READ MORE …

Are “manograms” a viable option in prostate cancer screening and risk assessment?

For several years, Dr. Jelle Barentz in the Netherlands has been a prominent advocate for the idea that we might be able to use imaging methodologies (prostate “manograms”, like breast mammograms for women) to screen for risk of prostate cancer — either along with or instead of PSA testing. … READ MORE …

Precision medicine and primary Gleason pattern 5 prostate cancer

Patients who are initially diagnosed with primary Gleason pattern 5 localized prostate cancer (i.e., having Gleason scores of 5 + 5 = 10 and 5 + 4 = 9) are well understood to have very high-risk disease. … READ MORE …

If you are or ever were a fighter pilot …

Apparently the US Air Force (USAF) has become concerned that being a fighter pilot may increase risk for a diagnosis of prostate cancer. For those who are interested, here’s a link to the relevant article on the McClatchy news service. … READ MORE …