Shift-work, night-work, and risk for prostate cancer

Yet another study (this one from Germany) has shown a strong association between shift-work and night-work and risk for diagnosis with prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

The prostate cancer “screening” controversy … an update

Yesterday we mentioned a new paper on PSA screening by Tsodikov et al. in the Annals of Internal Medicine. We have now had the chance to read the full text of that paper, as well as the associated editorial by Vickers in the same issue of the journal. … READ MORE …

ADT and risk for cardiovascular complications of therapy

Not so long ago, we addressed the question of whether first-line androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) was really an appropriate form of care for any man with localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Alternative medicine in the treatment of cancer (prostate cancer included)

There are very few good and thorough clinical studies on the use and the long-term effectiveness or efficacy of alternative forms of medicine in the treatment of cancer (let alone the treatment of prostate cancer specifically). … READ MORE …

Father-adult son communication about prostate cancer and prostate cancer risk

There has been limited research into what fathers tell their sons (and sons tell their fathers) about prostate cancer and risk for contracting this disorder, and the degree of this risk can be complicated by a variety of factors. … READ MORE …

IL-35 levels in the diagnosis and prognosis of prostate cancer

A new paper by a group of Chinese researchers has suggested that levels of a biochemical called interleukin-35 (IL-35) in blood plasma may offer evidence of the presence of prostate cancer and do so significantly better than PSA levels (particularly for men with PSA levels of between 4 and 10 ng/ml). … READ MORE …

“Discussing overdiagnosis is good science”

The term “over-diagnosis” didn’t exist 15 years ago in the management of prostate cancer. (Well, actually it did, but it would very rarely — if ever — have come to the notice of any patient or even of the average urologist or primary care physician.) … READ MORE …