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Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment — Good Medicine or Business as Usual?

This is a follow-up to a post I wrote called, "PSA Testing: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly".   http://prostatecancerblog.net/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=2120.  Please read that before you read this. Dr. Richard Ablin, father of the PSA test, argued in a New York Times op-ed piece recently that the widespread, routine use of the test to screen for prostate cancer [...]

By | 2017-10-19T10:54:06+00:00 March 31st, 2010|Postings|21 Comments

The Language of Cancer

I just saw that Dana Jennings, who writes a blog about his prostate cancer for the NYT, is discussing language and cancer.  So I recycled this essay I wrote some time back. It amazes me that doctors still use the word biochemical failure to refer to a recurrence of prostate cancer.  A doctor told me, [...]

By | 2017-10-19T10:54:07+00:00 March 17th, 2010|Postings|2 Comments

PSA Testing: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

A story about prostate cancer (PC) screening titled "The Great Prostate Mistake" which appeared in the New York Times last week, "went viral".  Everybody's talking about it.  (See http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/10/opinion/10Ablin.html?scp=1&sq=ablin&st=cse)   I refer to an opinion piece written by Dr. Richard Ablin, a researcher in immunobiology and pathology who invented the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test in 1970, the most commonly used [...]

By | 2017-10-19T10:54:07+00:00 March 17th, 2010|Postings|6 Comments

More on The PSA “Mistake”

I am reposting this from the blog, "All Things Prostate", written by Dr. Michael Glode, a genito-urinary oncologist at the University of Colorodo Medical Center .  http://www.revolutionhealth.com/blogs/michaelglodemd.  It is a commentary about an article called, "The Great Prostate Mistake", which appeared in the New York Times a few days ago.  The author of this article is Richard Ablin, an immunologist [...]

By | 2017-10-19T10:54:07+00:00 March 14th, 2010|Postings|0 Comments

BEWARE OF INEXPERIENCED PROSTATE CANCER SURGEONS

[From physorg.com. All emphasis, e.g., boldface or italic typeface, is mine.] "Prostate Cancer Surgery Performed by Many Surgeons with Little Experience" November 19, 2009 (PhysOrg.com) -- A new study from researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has found that the majority of surgeons treating prostate cancer in the United States have extremely low annual caseloads, [...]

By | 2009-11-20T11:23:23+00:00 November 20th, 2009|Postings|2 Comments

Wish You’d Been Here

As a follow-up to my previous post, here are a few pictures from my recent vacation (click on image to see full size): (1) a lighthouse at Halifax, Nova Scotia; (2) Cormorants at the Bay of Fundy, St. John, New Brunswick; (3) Acadia National Park in Maine; (4) Thunderhole, also at Acadia; and (5) Sunset [...]

By | 2017-10-19T10:54:31+00:00 September 22nd, 2009|Postings|0 Comments

A Note from Your Blogress

I want to thank you all for the comments, letters and other ways you have kept in touch with me. This feedback is what we bloggers live for! But I have to share with you that it might take me a little more time than usual to respond because, although my mind is willing, my [...]

By | 2017-10-19T10:54:32+00:00 September 22nd, 2009|Postings|1 Comment

On Healing

The following observation was made by Michael Lerner, Ph.D, winner of a MacArthur  "genius" award and author of a book about cancer and complementary medicine : Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Medicine (MIT Press, 1996). (Available at amazon.com.) "Even when a cure is not possible, healing always is. You see, [...]

By | 2009-08-11T10:54:13+00:00 August 11th, 2009|Postings|3 Comments

Finding Meaning at the End

What I am posting here is an entry from the Wall Street Journal Health Blog, to which I subscribe ("Searching for Meaning in Terminal Cancer", by Shirley S. Wang, July 14, 2009). http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2009/07/14/searching-for-meaning-in-terminal-cancer/ You can find the full text of this article in the regular edition of the paper (wsj.com). "Celebrity spokespeople like Lance Armstrong and Christina Applegate [...]

By | 2017-10-19T10:54:55+00:00 July 14th, 2009|Postings|2 Comments