What is proper etiquette for the newly diagnosed cancer patient/doctor relationship?
I received a phone call yesterday from a young man that was newly diagnosed with prostate cancer from the southeast. He was interested in robotic surgery and had several questions. He told me he found a local urologist who performs robotic surgery and asked me what kind of questions he could ask. He was turned […]
Bloodless Prostate Cancer Surgery
I have heard the term Bloodless Surgery many times and am familiar with it. A google search will also give someone who may not be familiar with the term a better understanding of how it is used. There are many things that can be done to help avoid blood transfusions such as minimizing blood draws, […]
Genetics and inherited prostate cancer risk
Prostate Cancer: Major Genetic Risk Factor Found: “Harvard Medical School researchers have identified a DNA segment on chromosome 8 that is a major risk factor for prostate cancer, especially in African American men. The paper appears in the August electronic edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (also see PNAS’s news tip […]
I have prostate cancer: Do I have to wait 6 weeks to have my surgery?
One point that is debated among urologists is the time a patient has to wait between a prostate biopsy and surgery. While I was at Indiana my chairman taught me that time didn’t matter. The changes after a biopsy should not affect surgery after several days. I took this with me to New Jersey and […]
Nerve sparing- When and how much?
Since Dr. Patrick Walsh described the nerve sparing techniques for radical prostatectomy, urologists have been trying to spare the nerves responsible for erections. There is a debate among urologists on who is a good candidate for nerve sparing. Id like to ask urologists their opinion. Please vote on the poll below and add a comment […]
Can Prostate Cancer Be Prevented?
This is a frequently asked question by patients and physicians alike. We know there are genetic risks for developing prostate cancer. For example, African American men are more likely to get prostate cancer and it is more often a more aggressive type. There was a review by Dr. Eric Klein, of the Cleveland Clinic, that […]
Telling someone they have prostate cancer
One of the most difficult things that a urologist has to do is to tell his patient that he has cancer. I recently had a somewhat heated debate with my partner in robotic surgery. Prostate cancer is the leading solid organ cancer in men and is diagnosed by a biopsy in the office. The reasons […]