Highly useful BPH papers
Continuing the theme of uncool but incredibly useful information, I give credit to those researchers who presented new information on BPH. BPH is not as “trendy” as cancer, but when I look at my clinic schedule every day, the number of people I see with this condition dwarfs my prostate cancer volume. For example, there was an excellent poster by Joshua Cohn, MD, et al entitled, “Decision-making in men considering use of non-prescription tamsulosin for lower urinary tract symptoms,” which looked at whether men could appropriately self-prescribe tamsulosin for these symptoms. The answer is yes.
Another poster on BPH by Christopher Wallis, MD, et al entitled, “Surgical management of benign prostatic obstruction: 20-year population-level trends,” showed that not surprisingly, endoscopic laser procedures are becoming more popular. I also attended a wonderful moderated poster session where Alan Kaplan, MD, explained that patients receiving value-based care for BPH surgery do not experience worse clinical outcomes.
From the plenary sessions to the posters to the educational sessions, the AUA once again allowed me to catch up on a year's worth of urology in one short weekend (extended with the assistance of online access). I look forward to seeing everyone next year at the AUA in San Francisco. Thankfully, it's not over Mother's Day weekend.