Why You MUST Go to An Expert to Have Laparoscopic Prostatectomy

I must say I found the following article in USA Today ( 4/1/09, by Liz Szabo) , bonechilling.  A British study confirms what I've said many times: that when it comes to performing minimally-invasive radical prostatectomy or laparoscopy (which includes robotically assisted surgery, *although that was not the subject of this study*),  NO amount of experience on the [...]

“Prostate Cancer: Men Deserve Better”

I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments expressed in the article Prostate Cancer: Men Deserve Better, European Association of Urology, March 17, 2009 (exerpts below). . But talk is cheap. The question is, how do we bring about real change (change we can believe in!)? That's a lot to ask -- but heck, we are worth [...]

A Holistic Approach to Treating Cancer

My fellow blogger, Kathy Meade, alerted me to the following.  It's about time we developed holistic approaches to treating cancer patients! "University of Edinburgh researchers have reported success with an interdisciplinary intervention for treating major depressive disorder in people living with cancer. The intervention is delivered by specially trained oncology nurses, is designed to work alongside [...]

By |2021-02-17T11:03:03-05:00November 12th, 2008|Healing the Mind, Healthcare and Ethics|0 Comments

Dr. Glode: “Reality and the Robot”

I am including an excerpt from a blog post written by Dr. Michael Glode, an experienced genitourinary oncologist.  I highly recommend his site because what you get from Dr. Glode is straight talk.  Dr. Glode writes that he's had reservations about robotic prostate surgery for a long time.  He acknowledges that it is now seen by urologists as the [...]

Doctors: How You Can Improve the Lives of Your Prostate Cancer Patients

I initially posted my previous message about depression and PC treatment on a site I have been frequenting which brings together people from diverse backgrounds.  You might be interested to read the responses I got, which came from a broad spectrum of the PC community: patients and their partners, a surgeon, psychiatrist, psychologist, a number of patient advocates and [...]

The “Complication” That Dares Not Speak Its Name

All serious illnesses cause emotional distress. But prostate cancer patients may be even more vulnerable. This is because treatments for PC often cause erectile dysfunction (in at least 50% of men who've had RP, for example), which is highly correlated with depression. Also, some men who've undergone treatment have been left with distressing side effects [...]

Can Information Technology Speed Up Medical Research?

Faster Cures is a novel organization created by the financier Michael Milken, who also founded the Prostate Cancer Foundation.  Faster Cures' goal is to find new ways to bring drugs to market faster -- the average is 17 years from conception to the time the drug hits the market. Faster Cures sends me a newsletter, and in this issue, they [...]

By |2020-02-04T08:27:35-05:00August 12th, 2008|Healthcare and Ethics, Op-Ed/Inside Scoop|0 Comments

Is The Doctor-Patient Relationship “On the Rocks”?

One of my stated goals for this blog is to try to discuss and so help improve the doctor-patient relationship.  There is a disturbing article in today's New York Times which claims that the doctor-patient relationship is "on the rocks".  That many patient no longer trust doctors.  And that the advent of the Internet has affected things, sometimes for [...]

By |2022-08-25T16:54:55-04:00July 29th, 2008|Articles of Interest, Healthcare and Ethics|0 Comments