Archive for May, 2012

The Mental Health Side of PSA Screening

The articles just keep coming on this controversial topic and a must read for all those who either want to deny the truth of the findings regarding screening studies or emotionally want to believe that not screening is dangerous, please take a look at this CNN Article written by a psychologist. Maybe it will help […]

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Why People Choose Anecdotal Stories Over Science

An interesting story in Time looks at the psychology behind the reasons people ignore science in favor of anecdotal stories regarding medical decisions. Please see http://healthland.time.com/2012/05/25/why-people-cling-to-cancer-screening-and-other-questionable-medical-interventions-even-when-they-cause-harm/

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Important Information for Men Considering Active Surveillance or Focal Therapy

A new study presented at the annual urology society meeting looked at how much cancer is really present in men with a single biopsy showing cancer. The results have important implications for men considering focal therapy.

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The Screening Debate: Ignoring the Science

The media is filled with responses from urologists and patients rejecting the findings and recommendations of the screening task force. An unbiased person might begin to wonder how much is being driven by business concerns rather than patient concerns. The dialogue is focusing almost exclusively on the men who MIGHT miss out on potentially curative […]

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Prostate Cancer Screening Consent Form

A new consent form has been created to help men and their doctor make a decision about whether to get screened for prostate cancer. Click on the following link: http://www.prostatevideos.com/prostate-health/1391-2/prostate-cancer-screening-consent/

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Prostate Cancer Screening Consent

A free consent form has just been added to the site to help men decide if they want to get tested for prostate cancer despite the latest recommendations from the US Public Health Task Force.

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Final Recommendations Regarding Screening for Prostate Cancer

A government task force has finalized their report and are recommending against routinely screening for prostate cancer. Their reason is that based on the best available evidence, the benefits from screening are very small and they are outweighed by the harms. What does this mean for you? Should you get tested or not? This video […]

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Important Questions for Your Surgeon

I think every patient realizes that performing a radical prostatectomy is not an easy job. And yet, many men may be reluctant to ask their doctors some very important questions. Now another study is being reported showing that more experienced surgeons have fewer complications. As a result, before you have your operation, you are entitled […]

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What Does “Clinically Proven” Really Mean?

Advertisements for herbs, vitamins and supplements frequently use the words “Clinically Relevant’. Most people assume that means good scientific studies were done but is that really true? This question is addressed in the accompanying video.

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Is Combining Abiraterone and MDV3100 on the horizon?

A recent research study http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/72/9/2176.abstract is suggesting that the two latest hormonal agents Abiraterone and MDV3100 may have the best effect if they are combined. Without properly designed studies, we will not know if this is true, but some doctors are likely to start using the combination when MDV3100 becomes available. There is a reason […]

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