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Hospitals mislead patients about robotic surgery

Johns Hopkins researchers found that 40% of hospital Web sites promote robot-assisted surgery, even though little evidence shows it’s better than conventional methods.

Smoking may increase risk of prostate cancer recurrence

The findings were presented at the American Urological Association annual meeting in May 2011.

Using food to fight prostate cancer

Nutritionist Sheila Wolfson spoke about healthful eating for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at the Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition’s 14th annual symposium in May 2011. A good diet, she said, can boost energy and improve quality of life.

Gay men more vulnerable to drops in quality of life after prostate treatment

For the first time, a study measures the impact of prostate cancer treatment on the quality of life of gay men.

Robot-assisted surgery may be safe, but comparisons to other treatments and quality-of-life data lacking

Study examines the post-surgical complications and safety of robotic prostatectomy among one group of surgeons.

Heart drug may fight prostate cancer

Digoxin (Lanoxin), a drug long used to treat heart failure and heart rhythm abnormalities, may control prostate cancer.

Surprising findings on omega-3s, trans fats, and prostate cancer risk don’t warrant a change in diet

Study finds that men with the highest blood levels of omega-3s were more likely to develop high-grade prostate cancer than those with the lowest levels, and that men with the highest blood levels of trans fat were less likely to develop the disease than those with the lowest.

FDA approves abiraterone for advanced prostate cancer

The drug, approved at the end of April 2011, may be helpful for men with metastatic disease that no longer responds to hormone therapy.

Why pathologists may disagree

Some disagreements involve objective factors, such as how biopsies are done. But usually, when pathologists disagree, to comes down to interpretation and judgment, both subjective qualities.

Questions to ask about your pathology report

It should be clear by now that pathology reports vary in large part because the clinical features they analyze often require some subjective interpretation. This means it’s important to question the findings and make sure you understand them before you make any decisions about treatment. Start by studying your pathology report closely. Circle anything that […]