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New prognostic biomarker may help determine risk of prostate cancer-related death

New prognostic biomarker may help determine risk of prostate cancer-related death

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have identified a new prognostic biomarker: the neuropeptide pro-NPY, which may help determine the risk of dying from prostate cancer. This particular type of protein is very specific to prostate cancer cells and could help identify whether newly diagnosed patients require radical prostatectomy surgery or if it is safe to delay surgery. [More]
High intensity focused ultrasound provides important treatment for men with prostate cancer

High intensity focused ultrasound provides important treatment for men with prostate cancer

For the estimated 220,000 men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, deciding on a method of treatment can be a challenge. Some with early-stage cancer pursue a "wait and watch" option, also called active surveillance, while others with more severe cancer immediately pursue surgery, including prostatectomy (removal of the prostate). [More]
New imaging test detects prostate cancer much better than any other tests in use today

New imaging test detects prostate cancer much better than any other tests in use today

Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University have found the method they developed to image the prostate appears to be much better at detecting prostate cancer than any other test — radiographical, biopsy or blood — in use today. [More]
African American men with prostate cancer have significantly lower PSA density than Caucasian men

African American men with prostate cancer have significantly lower PSA density than Caucasian men

A new study published in The Journal of Urology revealed that African American men with Gleason score 3+3=6 prostate cancer (PCa) produce less prostate specific antigen (PSA) and have significantly lower PSA density (PSAD) than Caucasian men. These findings could have important implications when selecting patients for inclusion in active PCa surveillance programs. [More]

Study: Prostate surgery patients have unrealistic expectations regarding postoperative sexual function

Patients who have undergone radical prostatectomy often have largely unrealistic expectations with regard to their postoperative sexual function, new research shows. [More]
UCLA study finds cost variation across entire care process for low-risk prostate cancer

UCLA study finds cost variation across entire care process for low-risk prostate cancer

Now, for the first time, UCLA researchers have described cost across an entire care process for low-risk prostate cancer - from the time a patient checks in for his first appointment to his post-treatment follow-up testing - using time-driven activity-based costing. And they found a wide variation in costs for the various available treatments that remained consistent over a 12-year period, indicating a better method to monitor costs could save valuable healthcare dollars, said study first author Dr. Aaron Laviana, a fifth year urology resident. [More]
Transition Therapeutics Ireland signs agreement for investigator-led TT701 Phase 2 clinical study

Transition Therapeutics Ireland signs agreement for investigator-led TT701 Phase 2 clinical study

Transition Therapeutics Inc. announced today that Transition Therapeutics Ireland Limited has entered into an agreement for an investigator-led clinical study of drug candidate, TT701, with Brigham and Women's Hospital. [More]
Myriad Genetics and Tufts Health Plan sign agreement to cover Prolaris® for members with localized prostate cancer

Myriad Genetics and Tufts Health Plan sign agreement to cover Prolaris® for members with localized prostate cancer

Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYGN) has announced that it has signed a three-year contract with Tufts Health Plan through which the plan will provide coverage of Prolaris® for members diagnosed with localized prostate cancer. Prolaris is the first and only biopsy test validated against prostate cancer specific mortality. [More]
Robotic surgeon offers free consultation for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer

Robotic surgeon offers free consultation for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer

September marks the beginning of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. World renowned robotic prostate cancer surgeon, Dr. David Samadi, is offering a free phone consultation for patients newly diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. [More]
PSMA PET imaging more precise than MR imaging for detection of high-grade prostate cancer lesions

PSMA PET imaging more precise than MR imaging for detection of high-grade prostate cancer lesions

A molecular imaging biomarker is able to detect fast-growing primary prostate cancer and distinguish it from benign prostate lesions, addressing an unmet clinical need. The new research, published in the July 2015 issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, is significant for patients with suspected prostate cancer that has not been confirmed by standard biopsy. [More]
Study examines recent trends in community-based practices to improve management of localized prostate cancer

Study examines recent trends in community-based practices to improve management of localized prostate cancer

After years of overtreatment for patients with low-risk prostate cancer, rates of active surveillance/ watchful waiting increased sharply in 2010 through 2013, and high-risk disease was more often treated appropriately with potentially curative local treatment rather than androgen deprivation alone, according to a study in the July 7 issue of JAMA. [More]
International study provides evidence of clear link between smoking and risk of prostate cancer

International study provides evidence of clear link between smoking and risk of prostate cancer

Smoking is a known risk factor for the development of various forms of cancer. However, when it comes to the link between smoking and prostate cancer, the findings of previous studies have been contradictory. Now, for the first time, an international study led by MedUni Vienna and Basle University Hospital, has provided evidence of a clear link. [More]
Decipher Prostate Cancer Classifier predicts metastasis in patients treated with salvage radiation therapy

Decipher Prostate Cancer Classifier predicts metastasis in patients treated with salvage radiation therapy

GenomeDx Biosciences today announced that data presented at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting demonstrate that the Decipher® Prostate Cancer Classifier is a significant predictor of metastasis in patients treated with postoperative salvage radiation therapy. [More]
Current fee-for-service models in U.S. healthcare may jeopardize prostate surgery patients

Current fee-for-service models in U.S. healthcare may jeopardize prostate surgery patients

A "perverse disincentive" for hospitals that have invested in expensive technology for robotic surgery may be jeopardizing prostate cancer patients who seek out the procedure, concluded a new study led by Henry Ford Hospital researchers. [More]
Quitting smoking can help improve outcomes after major urologic surgery

Quitting smoking can help improve outcomes after major urologic surgery

Quitting smoking can lead to a significant improvement in outcomes after major urologic surgery. These new data and their impact on urologic surgery will be highlighted by study authors during a special press conference at the 110th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association. [More]
Novel Ga-68-PSMA-ligand PET/CT effective for early detection of prostate cancer recurrence

Novel Ga-68-PSMA-ligand PET/CT effective for early detection of prostate cancer recurrence

A recent study reported in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine compared use of the novel Ga-68-PSMA-ligand PET/CT with other imaging methods and found that it had substantially higher detection rates of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) in patients with biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy. [More]
Very little guidance exists for training surgeons on new procedures, technologies, say U-M Medical members

Very little guidance exists for training surgeons on new procedures, technologies, say U-M Medical members

For all the attention hospitals have paid to patient safety in the last decade, a big blind spot is making them - and their patients - vulnerable to harm, according to a new Viewpoint piece in JAMA by members of the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. [More]
Researchers evaluate decision aids for patient's choice of localised prostate cancer treatment

Researchers evaluate decision aids for patient's choice of localised prostate cancer treatment

Doctors strive to make treatment decisions together with their patients - but is the decision really shared? According to adjunct professor Kari Tikkinen, shared decision-making isn't easy, and clinicians need help. The international research group led by Tikkinen has studied the decision aids for treatment choice of localised prostate cancer [More]

Radiation treatment can be delayed after prostatectomy to prevent side effects, say studies

Important news for men receiving treatment for prostate cancer: Two new studies from the University of Virginia School of Medicine have upended the widely held view that it's best to delay radiation treatment as long as possible after the removal of the prostate in order to prevent unwanted side effects. [More]
Research findings lay groundwork for improving treatment assessment for men with prostate cancer

Research findings lay groundwork for improving treatment assessment for men with prostate cancer

UCLA researchers have found that radiation therapy is the most common treatment for men with prostate cancer regardless of the aggressiveness of the tumor, risk to the patient and overall patient prognosis. These findings lay the groundwork for improved treatment assessment by physicians and to better inform men fighting the disease. [More]
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