ASCO Connection is the official membership magazine of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). In August 2014, the magazine carried an article by ASCO member Joel B. Nelson, MD (Chair of the Department of Urology at University of Pittsburgh). The title was “The Lack of Value for Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy.”[i] Lack of value? That’s keep reading
A frequent concern of patients who come to our Center for focal laser ablation is the risk of side effects from whole gland treatments. Men commonly tell me things like: “I don’t want surgery because I don’t want to wear diapers, even temporarily.” “I don’t think the urologist is telling me all the facts about keep reading
“There is increased use of radiotherapy among patients with indolent prostate cancer with limited to no correlation with tumor biology.” This conclusion was reached by a research team out of UCLA after studying the treatment choices of 37,621 patients.[i] In fact, over half (57.9%) of the men were sent for radiation, while 19.1% had a keep reading
Beam radiation is an accepted whole-gland treatment for prostate cancer. It is also called radical radiation or radical radiotherapy. Radiation is often prescribed for men who can’t have or don’t want surgery (radical prostatectomy). Many improvements in the technology, and refinements in the dosage, have occurred over the last two decades in a concerted keep reading
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