A prostate cancer book that is uniquely useful

There is a large number of books for patients that deal with a diagnosis and management of prostate cancer. However, there is a relatively small number of books that are really valuable for a large number of men (and their partners) who have to deal with a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Very few books on prostate cancer ever make it into a second edition. … READ MORE …

Outcomes, side effects, quality of life, and choosing a treatment that works FOR YOU!

Three articles in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association throw a little more light on issues related to quality of life after diagnosis and treatment for localized prostate cancer … but quite how much light it is difficult to tell. … READ MORE …

Is once ever enough (in prostate radiation therapy)?

When Jeff Demanes at the California Endocurietherapy Center, then in Oakland, CA, started doing high-dose-rate brachytherapy (HDR-BT) as a monotherapy (i.e., without any additional external beam therapy or hormone therapy), he arbitrarily chose a treatment schedule of 42 Gy delivered in six treatments or fractions. … READ MORE …

Patient-reported outcomes and quality of life in the ProtecT trial

We have already commented on the oncologic outcomes of patients enrolled in the ProtecT trial and published in today’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. In this commentary we shall comment on the separate paper that addresses patient-reported outcomes from that trial. … READ MORE …

Risk for hospitalization after surgery or radiation therapy for localized prostate cancer

According to a newly published article in BJU International, there was little to no major difference in the risks for hospitalization within 1 year after first-line treatment among relatively healthy, Medicare-eligible men with localized prostate cancer treated by either radical surgery or radiation therapy. … READ MORE …

Adverse events of primary, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)

In a recent commentary, the Sitemaster mentioned some common adverse effects of radical prostatectomy, some of which (e.g., perceived penile shrinkage, climacturia) are seldom mentioned by urologists to prospective patients, and are not routinely included in standardized quality-of-life questionnaires. … READ MORE …

Understanding the range of risks associated with prostate cancer surgery today

It would certainly be difficult (and arguably impossible) for us to provide a newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient with a  comprehensive list of all the possible side effects and complications that might be associated with every type of first-line treatment for prostate cancer. However, … READ MORE …