Making 3TmpMRI More Accessible

By: Dan Sperling, MD I recently spoke with a Florida patient whose healthcare coverage is through a PPO. Two years ago, the urologist he sees through his PPO performed a TRUS biopsy two years ago that found two small areas of early stage cancer. He chose to go on Active Surveillance, and monitor using PSA. keep reading

We’ve Come A Long Way

By: Dan Sperling, MD I was a bit shocked when I came across an older research study titled “Two Consecutive Sets of Transrectal Ultrasound [TRUS] Guided Sextant Biopsies of the Prostate for the Detection of Prostate Cancer.”[i] I could hardly believe my eyes—two consecutive TRUS biopsies? The study is from 1998, and it gave me keep reading

Focal Laser Ablation in Clinical Trials

By: Dan Sperling, MD Two well-respected clinical institutions, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM), have been conducting clinical trials on Focal Laser Ablation (FLA). They are considered interventional trials, meaning that a treatment is under investigation. Here is a little description of what each center is doing: a)      NCI, under keep reading

Testing PI-RADS Accuracy

By: Dan Sperling, MD I recently posted a blog describing PI-RADS (Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System) which is a means of standardizing prostate MRI interpretation. I found a very encouraging study[i] that evaluates how well this scoring system stands up to actual prostate biopsies, especially when compared to an earlier scoring system called the keep reading

Two Good Health Habits

By: Dan Sperling, MD Energetic walking during the day and good sleep at night may be beneficial in preventing prostate cancer. If you find yourself wondering how, you’re not alone, because the connection isn’t obvious. Common wisdom suggests that prostate cancer patients who embrace healthy nutrition, regular exercise, and stress management generally do better than those keep reading

Lycopene and Prostate Cancer

By: Dan Sperling, MD “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” So said Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician whose famous oath for new doctors established important medical ethics. Wouldn’t it be great if diseases like prostate cancer could be cured—or altogether prevented—by eating the right foods? The plant pigment lycopene, found in keep reading
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