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Clinical advancements in the field of urology are featured in the news media every day. This section provides patients and physicians with the most up-to-date information on recent urologic advancements around the world.

* Please Note - TUCC does not necessarily advocate any of the treatment methods listed in the articles below. This news feed is provided as a resource for those interested in the latest urologic research occurring around the world.

  • April 7, 2014
    World Experts and Androgen Study Group Petition JAMA to Retract Misleading Article on Testosterone Therapy

    Three professional medical societies and a highly distinguished international group of over 130 scientists and concerned physicians have petitioned the Journal of the American Medical Association to retract the article that precipitated recent concerns regarding cardiovascular risks with testosterone therapy.  In a letter addressed to the editor-in-chief of JAMA, Dr. Howard Bauchner, the group cites "gross data mismanagement," rendering the article "no longer credible."

  • March 25, 2014
    SBRT (Cyberknife) for prostate cancer may result in more complications

    Patients treated with a newer, faster, and less expensive type of radiotherapy also have higher rates of urinary complications, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

    The newer therapy approach, called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), is already beginning to replace the older standard approach, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). However, the new study by James B. Yu, MD, of the Yale School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center, and colleagues at the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale Cancer Center shows that SBRT is associated with increased toxicity that offsets the savings of using this newer form of radiotherapy.

  • March 10, 2014
    Surgery may be best for young men with prostate cancer

    Younger men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer may do well to consider surgery over so-called “watchful waiting,” a new study shows.

    The new research, published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine,  is unlikely to end the long-running debate in the medical community over if and when surgery to remove the prostate is needed — particularly since the men in the study were diagnosed before the sensitive prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test was widely implemented to detect prostate cancer in its early stages.

    The findings are the latest to come out of a 23-year-long, ongoing study comparing radical prostatectomy versus watchful waiting in 695 men who had been diagnosed with localized prostate cancer.

  • February 6, 2014
    Drug shows promise in advanced prostate cancer when used before chemotherapy

    The prostate cancer drug Xtandi prolonged lives and delayed tumor progression when used before chemotherapy in a study of men with advanced cases of the disease, researchers said on Tuesday.

    The study results are expected to open up a broader market for Xtandi, which was developed by Medivation and Astellas Pharma, and open a new front in its competition with Johnson & Johnson’s blockbuster drug Zytiga.

  • January 20, 2014
    Synthesis and in vitro evaluation of MR molecular imaging probes using J591 mAb-conjugated SPIONs for specific detection of prostate cancer

     The cure rate of prostate cancer is highly dependent on the stage of disease at the diagnosis and early detection is key to designing effective treatment strategies. The objective of the present study is to make a specific MR imaging probe for targeted imaging of cancer cells. We take advantage of the fact that many types of prostate cancer cells express high levels of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) on their cell surface.

  • January 12, 2014
    Kidney cancer cryoblation highly effective, safe

    Computed tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous cryoablation for early-stage renal-cell carcinoma (RCC) is highly efficacious and has a favorable safety profile, researchers reported online ahead of print in Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology.

    Christos S. Georgiades, MD, of the American Medical Center in Nicosia, Cyprus, and Ron Rodriguez, MD, of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, treated 134 patients with biopsy-proven RCC using CT-guided cryotherapy. The median tumor size was 2.8 cm. The five-year cancer-specific and overall survival was 100% and 97.8%, respectively. No patient experienced metastatic disease during follow-up.

  • December 26, 2013
    Coordinated approach is needed for castrate-resistant prostate cancer

    With a deluge of promising new drug treatments for advanced prostate cancer on the market, a new model of care is needed that emphasizes collaboration between urologists and medical oncologists, according to prostate cancer experts.

  • December 13, 2013
    Prostate Cancer Linked to Adipose Tissue

    Radiographic imaging of adipose tissue pointed to a risk for malignancies not normally associated with obesity, such as prostate cancer (PCa).

  • December 9, 2013
    Injections to treat an embarrassing ailment win U.S. approval

    The first drug to treat Peyronie’s disease — an embarrassing and sometimes painful curvature of the penis — won approval on Friday from the Food and Drug Administration.

    The drug, Xiaflex, is made by Auxilium Pharmaceuticals. It estimates as many as 9 percent of men have the condition, which can make intercourse painful or impossible.

  • December 6, 2013
    Prostate cancer study finds better survival rate with drug combo

    Men with advanced prostate cancer survived significantly longer on a combination of two types of drugs than if they were started on the standard single treatment, according to a major federally sponsored study, which researchers suggested should change the way many such patients are treated.

    The treatments involved hormone therapy to suppress levels of testosterone, the natural fuel for prostate tumors, and the chemotherapy docetaxel. Conventional practice has been to start men on testosterone suppression and then try docetaxel chemotherapy once the cancer progressed, said Christopher Sweeney, a medical oncologist at the Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and lead investigator for the study.

    But the 790-patient trial, which began in 2006, found that 69% of men who started with the combination therapy were alive after three years, compared with 52.5% who were started on hormone therapy alone, researchers said Thursday.

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