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".  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 |2021-07-19T10:59:52-04:00March 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 |2017-10-19T10:54:07-04:00March 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   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 |2020-02-04T11:44:44-05:00March 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 .  .  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 |2021-02-17T11:02:40-05:00March 14th, 2010|Postings|0 Comments


[From All emphasis, e.g., boldface or italic typeface, is mine.] "Prostate Cancer Surgery Performed by Many Surgeons with Little Experience" November 19, 2009 ( -- 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 |2020-02-04T11:45:29-05:00November 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 |2021-07-19T11:00:20-04:00September 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 |2017-10-19T10:54:32-04:00September 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 "Even when a cure is not possible, healing always is. You see, [...]

By |2009-08-11T10:54:13-04:00August 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). You can find the full text of this article in the regular edition of the paper ( "Celebrity spokespeople like Lance Armstrong and Christina Applegate [...]

By |2017-10-19T10:54:55-04:00July 14th, 2009|Postings|2 Comments