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  • 11.29.2023
    In a conversation with CancerNetwork® during the 2023 Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) Annual Meeting, William J. Catalona, MD, underscores the crucial need for genetic studies in prostate cancer. Dr. Catalona emphasizes the importance of advancing understanding and developing robust guidelines in this area. He points out that genetic testing for localized diagnosis in prostate cancer is still in its early stages across various cancer types, emphasizing the necessity for additional research to accumulate firm evidence and drive progress in the field.
  • 11.26.2023
    Adam B. Murphy, MD, MBA, MSCI, discusses a significant secondary discovery related to the impact of perceived patient health literacy on urologists' treatment decisions for prostate cancer. This insight is derived from the study titled "Impact of genomic testing on urologists' treatment preference in favorable risk prostate cancer: A randomized trial," where Dr. Murphy served as the senior author.
  • 11.10.2023
    Illinois state represenative Lashawn Ford and Dr. Adam Murphy discuss the important of early detestion of prostate cancer and how facial hair is now being used to raise awareness for men's health specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Movember is an annual initiative when men are encouraged to grow moustaches during the month of November.
  • 11.07.2023
    Adam B. Murphy, MD, MBA, MSCI, provides insights into the study titled "Impact of genomic testing on urologists' treatment preferences in favorable-risk prostate cancer: A randomized trial," in which he served as the senior author. He discusses the study's background and significant findings.
  • 10.23.2023

    Scientists have linked mutations in 11 genes with aggressive prostate cancer, according to the largest-ever study of its kind recently published in JAMA Oncology.

  • 09.12.2023
    Edward M. Schaeffer, MD, PhD, shares his journey of becoming involved with the book "Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer."
  • 09.05.2023

    In the quest to predict prostate cancer risk, polygenic risk scores (PRS) have taken center stage. William Catalona, MD provides his insight, which consider multiple genetic factors, are increasingly being studied as potential tools for assessing an individual's risk of developing prostate cancer.

  • 07.06.2023
    Edward M. Schaeffer, MD, PhD, discusses the emergence of prostate-specific membrane antigen-targeting agents in prostate cancer. Dr. Schaeffer also highlights that these agents can help improve the accuracy of imaging tests and provide valuable information for treatment decisions.
  • 07.05.2023
    Hiten Patel, MD, MPH, sheds light on the groundbreaking initiatives and advancements in prostate cancer care within the Veterans Health Administration (VA) system. Dr. Patel emphasizes the significance of addressing the specific needs of veterans in prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. 
  • 07.04.2023
    Conor Driscoll, MD, a PGY3 Urology resident, discusses the research conducted on the impact of TNF-alpha inhibitor use and prostate cancer risk. The study found no significant association, indicating that these medications are unlikely to increase prostate cancer risk.
  • 07.03.2023
    Edward Schaeffer, MD, PhD, discusses current urologic research at Northwestern University, emphasizing the importance of precision medicine and advancements in genomic testing for prostate cancer. He also emphasizes the collaborative efforts between different disciplines within the university to enhance patient care and outcomes.
  • 06.30.2023
    Edward Schaeffer, MD, PhD, discusses his work with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s prostate cancer guidelines committee and highlights the importance of these guidelines in providing standardized recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care of prostate cancer patients. He also mentions the ongoing efforts to update and refine the guidelines to ensure they reflect the latest advancements in prostate cancer management.
  • 06.16.2023
    A recent study published by Joshua Halpern MD, MS, has found no evidence of increased heart risks associated with testosterone replacement therapy. The study suggests that concerns over cardiovascular risks should not discourage men from considering this therapy, as it may be a safe option for managing low testosterone levels.
  • 06.08.2023
    William J. Catalona, MD, discusses the slow adoption of active surveillance in the United States, emphasizing the need for increased awareness and education about its benefits. He highlights the potential of active surveillance as a viable option for low-risk prostate cancer patients, urging urologists to reconsider their treatment approaches.
  • 06.01.2023
    William Catalona, MD,  highlights the potential benefits of integrating genetic information into prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests and how this comprehensive approach enables more precise identification of individuals at risk, leading to personalized and focused screening strategies aimed at early detection and prevention of the disease.
  • 05.10.2023

    Men with high-risk prostate cancer who received immunotherapy treatment with enoblituzumab in the weeks leading up to surgery had favorable rates of disease remission and tumor downgrading after surgery, according to a recent study published in Nature Medicine.

  • 05.03.2023
    A new biomarker based on gene expression has been discovered that can classify prostate cancer into distinct molecular subtypes. This classification system could aid doctors in creating personalized treatment plans for patients with prostate cancer. The biomarker utilizes Veracyte's Decipher Genomics Resource for Intelligent Discovery database. The study, senior authored by Edward M. Schaeffer, MD, PhD, was published in the journal Cancer .
  • 05.01.2023
    During the 2023 American Urological Association Residents' Forum, an esteemed panel of urology leaders in international surgery shared their experiences on how they've successfully integrated this global pursuit into their respective careers. Notable panelists included Stephanie Kielb, MD. 
  • 05.01.2023
    During the 2023 American Urological Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, Parth Shah from Dr. Ashley Ross`s lab,  delivered a presentation on relugolix treatment outcomes for advanced prostate cancer. This included an analysis of patient characteristics and their corresponding outcomes, conducted at a single center.
  • 05.01.2023
    The 2023 Annual American Urological Association Conference held in Chicago, Illinois hosted a significant debate regarding the renaming of Gleason 6 Prostate Cancer. Dr. William Catalona voiced his opposition to the proposed change, which sparked discussions on the accuracy of the current Gleason scoring system and the potential benefits of renaming the cancer. 
  • 05.01.2023
    Northwestern Medicine researchers have created a biomarker signature test to identify which bladder cancer tumors will respond to immunotherapy. This discovery, led by Joshua Meeks, MD, PhD, is expected to enhance the survival rates of patients suffering from this disease.
  • 04.30.2023
    Dr. Amy E. Krambeck shares important insights from the BPH Update, presented at the 2023 American Urological Association Annual Meeting in Chicago. This video delivers key takeaways aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). 
  • 04.28.2023
    Nick Dean presented a study at the 2023 American Urological Association Annual Meeting, revealing that HoLEP's functional outcomes were comparable in patients, regardless of prior BPH procedures. This indicates that HoLEP remains effective in improving urinary symptoms and preserving bladder function, irrespective of a patient's BPH treatment history.
  • 04.28.2023
    Eric Li, MD, a urology resident presented findings from his study titled “Prostate Health Index is associated with Incidental Prostate Cancer Detection at Time of Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate” at the 2023 Annual American Urological Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The study sheds light on the connection between Prostate Health Index and incidental prostate cancer detection during Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate.
  • 04.28.2023
    The American Urological Association's 118th Annual Scientific Meeting will feature noteworthy research on male infertility treatment laws and the pioneering nonhormonal hydrogel-based male contraceptive. These findings will be presented by urologists seeking to advance fertility studies.
  • 04.27.2023
    Northwestern Medicine researchers have developed a biomarker signature test that can predict which bladder cancer tumors will positively respond to immunotherapy, potentially improving survival rates for patients. This breakthrough discovery provides clinicians with a valuable tool to enhance treatment options and fight against bladder cancer.
  • 04.21.2023
    Drs. Eric Li and Rashid Siddiqui, Urology residents from Dr. Ashley Ross`s lab, discussed the groundbreaking article "Optimizing detection of clinically significant prostate cancer through nomograms incorporating MRI, clinical features, and advanced serum biomarkers in biopsy naive men" published in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases. They are currently investigating ways to implement the study's findings and spearhead this innovative approach.
  • 04.20.2023
    Dr. Alan W. Partin passed away at the age of 62 on March 28, 2023. He made significant contributions to the field of urology throughout his career and served as the director of the Brady Urological Institute and urologist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Edward M. Schaeffer, MD, PhD, paid tribute to Dr. Partin for his remarkable achievements and dedication to advancing the field. 
  • 04.18.2023
    According to recent research conducted by Cedars-Sinai Cancer, African American men with a deficiency in vitamin D may face a higher risk of developing prostate cancer at a younger age, which is more aggressive in nature. The study involved the contribution of Adam Murphy, MD. 

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