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Cheryl Guttman Krader
Surveillance: Reclassification risk drops after 2 years
New findings from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore should be useful to clinicians looking to counsel anxious prostate cancer patients who are undergoing active surveillance.
Prognostic factors identified in patients taking PCa Tx
Analyses of overall survival rates among subgroups of men who received radium-223 dichloride (Ra 223; Xofigo) as part of an expanded access program suggest factors that may have prognostic significance, including effects of prior and concomitant treatments.
PCa castration study fuels surgery vs. GnRHA debate
Results of a recently published study examining the safety of the two approaches support stronger consideration for orchiectomy, according to its authors.
PCNL antibiotic regimens compared
Researchers looked at PCNL patients who received a 7-day course of antibiotics, 40 patients treated for 2 days preoperatively, and 72 patients who were given a single perioperative dose.
Study: High surgeon volume linked to post-RP outcomes
Long-term functional outcomes after radical prostatectomy are excellent, regardless of surgical technique, when the procedure is performed by experienced surgeons at a high-volume center, according to a recent study.
Number of pre-op prostate biopsies not linked to outcomes
Number of preoperative biopsies does not appear to have any clinically significant effect on self-reported urinary or erectile function outcomes at 1 year after radical prostatectomy, researchers say.
Evaluating web videos found feasible for RARP peer review
Evaluation of online videos is a feasible method for peer review of robot-assisted radical prostatectomy surgical skills, according to a pilot project undertaken by the Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MUSIC).
Study: mpMRI predicts lymph node involvement
A combination of findings on preoperative multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging showed good accuracy for predicting lymph node involvement on final pathology in men who underwent robot-assisted radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer, reported researchers from the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
Single-use ureteroscope yields high-quality images
Findings from preclinical studies evaluating the performance of an investigational single-use digital flexible ureteroscope (Lithovue, Boston Scientific) support it as a viable alternative to current non-disposable flexible digital and fiberoptic ureteroscopes, said Brian H. Eisner, MD, at the World Congress of Endourology and SWL in London.
Focal cryo vs. focal HIFU: Similar oncologic outcomes
Oncologic outcomes are similar using focal cryotherapy and focal high-intensity focused ultrasound for treatment of localized prostate cancer, French urologists reported at the World Congress of Endourology and SWL in London.

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