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Diagnostic factors help patients avoid confirmatory prostate biopsy

Diagnostic factors help patients avoid confirmatory prostate biopsy

The analysis of diagnostic characteristics may predict the result of a confirmatory biopsy.

Prostate cancer treatment linked to Alzheimer's risk

Patients treated with androgen deprivation therapy had a 1.88-times increased rate of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Active surveillance of low-risk prostate cancer patients may not be efficient

New research suggests that men with low-risk prostate cancer who undergo choose watchful waiting may not receive timely treatment when compared to those undergoing active treatment.

Opinion

Prostate cancer: To screen or not to screen?

Only 50% of clinicians surveyed agree with U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations not to perform routine PSA screening.

The Negative Prostate Biopsy Dilemma

The role of PSA as a cancer screening tool has recently been evaluated by several large high profile studies with varying interpretations of the data. Regardless of where one stands on the debate, among the clinical dilemmas of PSA-based screening is the negative biopsy conundrum where the reality remains that the best one can offer is, "Good news Mr. Smith, I don't think you have prostate cancer."

Clinical Features

When to screen for prostate cancer

When to screen for prostate cancer

In an update of its 2001 guidelines, the American Cancer Society stresses the importance of sharing the screening decision with the patient.

Erectile dysfunction after prostate cancer

Erectile dysfunction after prostate cancer

As a side effect of radical prostatectomy, the favored treatment for many, erectile dysfunction can affect a man's mental and physical quality of life.

Legal Advisor

When Does a Doctor's Obligation to a Patient End?

When Does a Doctor's Obligation to a Patient End?

A urologist did not communicate a patient's abnormal PSA test result because the patient switched to another urologist.

After Radical Prostatectomy, Patient Learns He Never Had Prostate Cancer

After Radical Prostatectomy, Patient Learns He Never Had Prostate Cancer

Dr. B, 57, was a urologist with a busy private practice. One of his patients was Mr. O, 69, who had an abnormal PSA result.

Urologist Pays Heavy Price After Discounting Complaints from Annoying Patient

Urologist Pays Heavy Price After Discounting Complaints from Annoying Patient

Dr. L, 68, was busy. His urology practice was booming and he felt compelled to shuffle patients in and out quickly. As a sole practitioner for close to 30 years, he had specific ideas of how he wanted his office to run.

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