“Doctor, where did my cancer go?”

Some 18 months ago we had written about the possible occurrence of spontaneous remissions in men on active surveillance (AS) for low-risk forms of prostate cancer. We were therefore very interested in a recent article closely related to this topic. … READ MORE..

AS for lower-risk forms of prostate cancer needs celebrity endorsement

The following article was written by two of the founders of Active Surveillance Patients International (ASPI) under the title “Al Roker’s forecast: rising PSA and a radical prostatectomy” and distributed largely by e-mail. It is re-posted here with the permission of the authors. … READ MORE …

Long-term use of 5-ARIs in low-risk men on AS

Perhaps unsurprisingly, your sitemaster was a little distracted on March 9 this year (by both the start of the COVID-19 chaos and by his birthday) and so he utterly missed what appears to be a rather important paper on the use of 5α-reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs) in men on active surveillance (AS) for management of low-risk forms of prostate cancer.

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Webinar 2 on “Active Surveillance & Beyond”

At the end of this month, on Tuesday, September 29, at 8:00-9:30 p.m. Eastern time (to be precise), there will be a second webinar in the series on the role of active surveillance in the management of favorable-risk forms of localized prostate cancer, coordinated by our good friend Howard Wolinsky and others. … READ MORE …

Risk calculators for men already on active surveillance

The Prostate Active Surveillance Study (PASS), initially funded by the Canary Foundation, is a multi-center research study for men  with low-risk disease who have chosen active surveillance (AS) to manage their prostate cancer. Active surveillance in PASS means closely monitoring men with prostate cancer and offering treatment if test results show the cancer is getting worse. … READ MORE …

An update on AS from Dr. Peter Carroll

If you weren’t able to take part in the “live” presentation by Dr. Peter Carroll on “The past, present and future of active surveillance (AS)”, you can now view this either here on YouTube or here on the UroToday web site. This is the first in a series of four live video programs on AS-related topics. … READ MORE …

Webinar series on active surveillance

We have heard from Howard Wolinksy that he and others have been helping to put together a series of four webinars on different aspects of active surveillance (AS) for the management of favorable-risk prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Sipuleucel-T in management of favorable-risk prostate cancer: the ProVent trial

At the end of last year, Dendreon announced that the Phase III ProVent trial of sipuelucel-T (Provenge) in the treatment of men with relatively lower-risk forms of prostate cancer (as compared to active surveillance) had been fully enrolled ahead of schedule. … READ MORE …

Jane Brody on prostate cancer in the NYT

Jane Brody is an experienced journalist who writes regularly about issues related to health care in The New York Times. Your sitemaster regularly reads her columns because she does her homework with care and provides sound information for her readers. … READ MORE …

A follow-up on active surveillance and the MEAL study

A couple of weeks ago, the full report on the Men’s Eating and Living (MEAL) study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It has generated a lot of discussion, some of which is distinctly misguided. … READ MORE …

AS in practice in a specific US community setting

In a presentation at the ASCO annual meeting, Dr. Ronald Chen reported that just 32 percent of newly diagnosed men who were initially managed on active surveillance (AS) in North Carolina between 2011 and 2013 were actually managed in compliance with guideline recommended monitoring. … READ MORE …

What did we learn at the AUA this year?

The annual meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) is one at which a great deal of information is exchanged, but a lot of that information is of limited utility to patients. … READ MORE …

Active surveillance at the EAU annual meeting

Active surveillance and its role in the management of lower-risk forms of prostate cancer, and related issues like MRI scanning, were clearly key topics of attention at the annual meeting of the European Association of Urology in Barcelona over the weekend. … READ MORE …

Do men on AS need their own support groups?

Howard Wolinsky is a long-time prostate cancer patient who has been on active surveillance (AS) since his diagnosis in 2010, when one of his doctors described him as a “poster child” for active surveillance. … READ MORE …

Much more monitoring of lower risk prostate cancer in US since 2010

According to a brief research letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week, there was a major increase in the application of active surveillance (AS) and watchful waiting (WW) in first-line management of prostate cancer between 2010 and 2015. … READ MORE …