Gleason Grade 7 or Above: Why You Should Consider Open Surgery

I want to pass on some information that newly diagnosed men absolutely should consider. It is from the excellent blog "Palpable Prostate" by A. Black.  The gist of this is that for intermediate- and higher-grade PC pts (GL 7+, PSA 10+), *open* surgery for PC is considered preferable to laparascopic (which includes robotic) surgery by [...]

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

When Cancer Isn’t Really “Cancer”

The problem of overtreatment of prostate cancer is well-known.  Many invasive, aggressive treatments are performed on men whose cancer would never pose a threat to their lives anyway.  And they are often left with nasty side effects, physical and emotional.  So a well-known PC pathologist, Dr. Jonathan Oppenheimer, proposes a solution:  Let's call the low-grade tumors [...]

By |2020-02-04T12:15:43-05:00July 1st, 2008|Healthcare and Ethics, Op-Ed/Inside Scoop|0 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 |2017-10-19T10:57:36-04:00June 11th, 2008|Op-Ed/Inside Scoop|2 Comments

Mayo Clinic Editorial Urges Caution About Laparascopic PC Surgery

This is a follow-up to the previous posting.  Please read that first.  Following is an editorial by Dr. Michael Blute of the Mayo Clinic urology faculty.  He is commenting on a study by Dr. Hu which compared laparascopic and open surgery.  I am going to cite the entire article almost verbatim and I have emphasized parts that I [...]

By |2020-02-04T08:27:23-05:00May 27th, 2008|Healing the Mind, Key Post, Op-Ed/Inside Scoop|1 Comment