Of genes, SNPs, “association,” personalized medicine, and prostate cancer risk

We lost count some time ago of the number of different single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) that had been “associated” in some way or other with risk for prostate cancer and/or with risk for more aggressive forms of prostate cancer in specific sets of people (e.g., Swedes, African-Americans, Ghanaians, Caucasians in general, you name it). … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news report: Sunday, January 24, 2010

In this weekend’s prostate cancer news reports, we have addressed recent publications on:

  • A SNP that may be specifically linked to risk for prostate cancer in African Americans
  • The need for extended biopsies in men with larger prostates who are considering focal treatment for prostate cancer
  • A possible association between diabetes, race, obesity, and risk for prostate cancer progression
  • Neoadjuvant hormone therapy, brachytherapy, and all cause mortality in older patients … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Tuesday, July 7, 2009

In today’s news reports we address new data on:

  • The possible association between PSA levels and SNPs
  • Patient age at diagnosis and prostate cancer outcomes
  • Revalidation of the Stephenson nomogram for outcomes after salvage radiation therapy
  • Failure to follow best practices for radiation of bony metastases … READ MORE …