Category: General Prostate

“I Did It My Way”

One of Frank Sinatra’s most popular songs is “My Way,” and anyone who’s heard him sing it knows how he builds up to those last two syllables: myyyyyy waaay. When I chose medicine as my career path, part of what influenced me was my idealism. I wanted to help people by curing disease and easing keep reading

Quality of Life After Radical Prostatectomy

Suzanne Somers once remarked, “I appreciate health care that gets to the root cause of our symptoms and promotes wellness, rather than the one-size-fits-all drug-based approach to treating disease. I love maintaining an optimal quality of life – naturally.” Ms. Somers’ words capture what we all want: to stay healthy and preserve vitality of body, keep reading

Marketing vs. Research-Based Information

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

All Prostate Cancer Patients Are Not Created Equal

In an ideal prostate cancer world, men would have equal access to education about their prostate health, screening opportunities, diagnostic procedures and treatment choices. If this were so, we would expect that rates of treatment success, side effects from treatment, and prostate cancer-specific mortality would then be evenly distributed across all patients. A newly published keep reading

Is The End of Overtreatment Really In Sight?

According to a new German study, efforts to avoid the acknowledged problems of overdiagnosis and overtreatment of insignificant prostate cancer is leading to different treatment patterns.[i] The authors note, “Many centers have reported dramatic changes, with increases in active surveillance (AS) of early cancers and local treatment of advanced disease.” In other words, more patients keep reading
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