Patient anxiety is recognised as a factor for men who may be on AS or considering it as a treatment. The issue is addressed in the linked Podcast and JAMA Oncology article. It suggests that it is possible, using a risk analysis, to identify those AS patients whose risk factors are such that they could consider as much as four years between monitoring sessions rather than the annual routine. A less intensive regime may not eliminate anxiety but it may find favour with men who find the standard monitoring too intensive.
Men on Androgen Deprivation Therapy who find that their PSA levels are rising are regarded as non-metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer (nmCRPC) but current scanning technologies may not be able to find any evidence of the location of what is presumed to be a growing tumour(s). Until recently there was no additional treatment for men in this situation. In the last issue we wrote about Apalutamide which is now on the market for nmCRPC and the results of the ARAMIS trial have brought a further drug treatment, Darolutamide (commercial name Nebqua) for this phase of the disease.
The ARAMIS trial had two arms, one with Darolutamide and the other with a sugar pill placebo. The trial results showed that the drug arm extended the time to metastases and had longer overall survival. Additionally, the incidence of falls and resulting fractures was lower. This is thought to a result of the drug not passing the blood/brain barrier.
Using biparametric (bp) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to screen for prostate cancer identified twice as many clinically significant cancers as standard prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests. Moreover, the UK study, reported in JAMA Oncology (11 February), found bpMRI improved detection of prostate cancers without leading to unnecessary biopsy or over diagnosis.
The developers of what has been dubbed as ‘short MRI’ or bpMRI scan claim that it speeds up of the process to less than 10 minutes compared with a standard mpMRI taking more than 30 minutes, together with focusing solely on the prostate area and not using contrast agents. If cancer is detected with this short MRI then it can be followed up with more detailed scans looking beyond the prostate.
Special General Assembly: Notices have issued to member organisations giving details of the proposals to be considered at the Special General Assembly on 26 March 2021 at 4pm CET. Please ensure that you notify the Secretariat of the name of the Voting Delegate for each country and the names of any other additional delegates who wish to attend this virtual meeting.
EAU Annual Congress changes to Virtual again
EAU Annual Congress changes to Virtual again. For the second time the EAU has decided to change its arrangements for this year’s Annual Congress. Due to the circumstances relating to Covid-19 it was felt that holding an in-person Congress in Milan this July was not feasible. The EAU is working on the content of a virtual Congress. The Europa Uomo Board normally attends the Congress and many associated meetings in that weekend. The Board will pursue other meetings with patient groups, medical friends and sponsors in a way similar to that of last year.
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March - Cancer Nutrition Awareness Month
Every year in March ECPC organises the Nutrition Awareness Month to increase awareness of this crucial, yet often neglected, component of cancer prevention, treatment support and rehabilitation.
For this year’s edition, they have gathered several stories of cancer patients and cancer survivors who told us about their experiences. The booklet was endorsed by the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) and the Medical Nutrition International Industry association (MNI).
Haematuria is blood in the urine. There are two types of haematuria. Gross haematuria is when you can see the blood in your urine. Microscopic haematuria is when you can’t see blood in the urine, but it is found with a urine test and seen under a microscope. Most people with microscopic haematuria don’t have symptoms.
If you see blood in your urine, tell your doctor. They will want to see you for an exam, where they will review your full health record and have you take a urine test. In some cases, a blood test or ultrasound may also be needed.
Haematuria is treated by getting to the underlying cause. For instance, haematuria caused by a urinary infection is often treated with antibiotics. Haematuria caused by an enlarged prostate may require more tests to determine the best treatment.