ASCO Releases A Statement of Principles Balancing Patient Access to Opioids with Curbing Drug Abuse

The American Association of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a very important new policy statement that details their position surrounding the prescribing of  opioids to cancer patients. This issue has taken the forefront of controversy as our society increasingly becomes concerned about the overuse of prescription opioids, sometimes leaving out the very specific needs of cancer [...]

The Financial Burden of Cancer Has Become A Toxicity Like Hair Loss And Nausea

My good friend and fellow advocate Mike Scott (Prostate Cancer Info Link) introduced me to a new web site produced by the University of Chicago called Cost of Care (www.CostofCare.org). The site is designed around the novel idea that the cost we must pay for our cancer care has become another negative side effect or [...]

Role of Anxiety Reduction in Men with a Prostate Cancer Recurrence

Increasingly, we have become better informed about the possible role of psychological and spiritual interventions in the treatment of cancer, specifically for this post in men with locally advanced prostate cancer. This post is limited to just discussing the possible interventions specifically in men with a Biochemical Prostate Cancer Recurrence, commonly referred to as a [...]

Remembering Andrew And Learning From A 28 Year Old Wise Man

Yesterday, my younger son Max, who is 28 years old, went to the funeral of a fraternity brother. Actually, the young man, Andrew, had been a member of his pledge class at the University of Michigan. Andrew, who was also 28 years old, died of Pediatric Brain Cancer.  Andrew had battled this disease for over [...]

Early Evidence, The USPSTF Blows – Higher-Risk Prostate Cancers Increase From 2011 to 2013

Between 2011 and 2013, the proportion of men diagnosed with intermediate- or high-risk prostate cancer, increased by 3% per year. Thank you members of the United States Preventive Services Task Force for realy blowing it and tapping in the nail into the coffins of American men. In a preliminary study the authors estimate that this [...]

Dealing with A New Health Issue – A Rare Cancer Along with Prostate Cancer

My wife Wendy wrote a post to the advanced prostate cancer online support group where she discussed our recent experience re-entering the healthcare system to deal with a non-prostate cancer issue. In the post she shared that I have been diagnosed with a rare cancer, appendiceal cancer, specifically a mucinous cystadenocarcinoma. We have become very [...]

Where Have I been the Past Week?

Over this past week I have not been able to make any post to the blog. I apologize to anybody kept coming back to the blog and didn't see anything new. Two Sunday nights ago I was admitted to the hospital and had an emergency appendectomy the following Tuesday night. Due to my age and [...]

The Well Reviewed Guide to Advanced Prostate Cancer (A Survivor Perspective) Has Been Updated and is Now Available for a free Download

Somehow I have been negligent and not let people know that I have written and posted a major update of my “Guide to Advanced Prostate Cancer.” As in the past, it is available as a free download from the Malecare web site. Helping me to update the book was prostate cancer survivor Craig Pynn and [...]

NCI Director Out of Touch with His Agency and with the Major Characteristics of Breast & Prostate Cancer Funding

Out-takes from an Interview in August 2013 with Brian Lamb, a journalist and the founder, executive chairman, and now retired CEO of C-SPAN  which provides coverage of the U,S. Congress as well as other public affairs events and Francis Collins an American physican-genetist who currently is the Director of the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. [...]

ADT Can Cause Nocturia or the Need to Use the Bathroom at Night

One of the common and constant complaints I hear at prostate cancer support groups is about the need to wake during the night and use the bathroom to urinate (nocturia). There is a relationship between our ageing and the need to urinate at night, but it does seem to be made even more acute if [...]