The definition of a SECOND biochemical recurrence (after prostatectomy AND salvage radiation)

There is no standard definition of SECOND biochemical (PSA-detected) recurrence (BCR); that is, recurrence after both prostatectomy and salvage radiation (SRT). … READ MORE …

The value of second opinions, and who one gets them from

An interesting new paper published this morning in Cancer has shown that while lots of men have been getting second opinions from urologists on what to do about a diagnosis of prostate cancer, those second opinions don’t seem to have had much impact on their care. … READ MORE …

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 …

Proton beam vs. intensity-modulated RT: out on the battle lines

The relative merits of proton beam radiotherapy (PBRT) and the more commonly available intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) as forms of external beam radiation for prostate cancer are much debated … with minimal supportive evidence on either side of the debate because no comparative trial has ever been carried out. … READ MORE …