Why we should care about standards of care?

“Standard of care” (SOC) is a legalistic term. As it applies to medicine, wh en a clinician follows an SOC, it means that he or she has proceeded with the reasonable caution that any minimally competent doctor would and should exercise in such circumstances. … READ MORE …

MRI/TRUS fusion-guided biopsies and the diagnosis of prostate cancer

An important article by Siddiqui et al. appears in this week’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. It deals with the experience of Dr. Peter Pinto and his colleagues in the diagnosis of prostate cancer in about 1,000 patients over the past few years. … READ MORE …

Can salvage radiation therapy be safely and effectively completed in less time?

Salvage or adjuvant external beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer is usually a protracted affair, more so since we learned that a total dose of about 64 Gy to 70 Gy was needed to be effective in the salvage setting. … READ MORE …

Standard 1.5 T MRIs in pre-treatment staging of localized prostate cancer

According to a report from a major British teaching hospital, simple, standard, 1.5 T MRI scanning (without use of an endorectal coil) does not improve preoperative staging of localized prostate cancer and should not be used in this scenario. … READ MORE …

Beware over-reaction to ultrasensitive PSA doubling times

It is not exactly “new” news that PSA doubling times calculated using low levels of ultrasensitive PSA data can be very different to those calulated using standard PSA values. However, a new paper has provided some additional data on this issue. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Saturday, June 13, 2009

Today’s news reports include information on:

  • Outcomes comparing two types of radiation therapy
  • Outcomes of younger vs. older men after radical prostatectomy
  • The activity and safety of AZD0530 in CRPC … READ MORE …