Several decades of data show that Black men are less likely to be screened and treated for prostate cancer than their white counterparts. In this interview, Kelvin A. Moses, MD, PhD, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN discusses the reasons for these disparities and how practicing urologists can address them.
For this installment of “Speak Out,” urologists were asked to discuss recent studies indicating African-American men with prostate cancer may be put on active surveillance without suffering complications and that they respond to radiation and some chemotherapy better than Caucasian men.
"A more standardized protocol that is office based, reliable, and reproducible as well as cost- and time-efficient is required to entice more urologists to abandon the TRUS-BX approach," writes J. Brantley Thrasher, MD.
Reduced infection rate may drive increased use of the transperineal approach.
Eating more vegetables will not alter the natural history of prostate cancer or otherwise prevent progression of localized disease, according to a recent study.
“To my knowledge, this is the first sanctioned guideline from a national organization that addresses the role of molecular biomarker testing for localized prostate cancer,” says guideline panel co-chair Scott E. Eggener, MD.
"Irrespective of treatment, fewer than half of men reported the ability to maintain erections sufficient for intercourse at 5 years," writes Badar M. Mian, MD.
A radiolabeled small molecule that binds to prostate-specific membrane antigen is continuing to show promise for treating progressive metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer, according to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Chronic opioid use is rare following radical prostatectomy in Europe. Slightly more than half of men undergoing RP in Sweden between 2007 and 2017 were found to have filled an opioid prescription, but the proportion who became chronic opioid users was less than 1%.
"Even in this selected cohort of men with very low-risk features, stable MRI score was not protective against disease progression during surveillance," writes Badar M. Mian, MD.