FDA Cautions Using Robotically-Assisted Surgical Devices

  Date Issued February 28, 2019 Audience People with breast cancer or those at high risk for breast cancer who are considering the surgical removal of one or both breasts (mastectomy) using robotically-assisted surgery People considering robotically-assisted surgery for the prevention or treatment of other cancers Health care providers who perform robotically-assisted procedures as part of cancer prevention or treatment...Read More

Prostate Surgery and Outright Lies

  What happened to one patient with low-grade cancer pressured into the OR. Jim Schraidt has been to hell and back. A third-generation prostate cancer patient, the Chicago attorney was diagnosed with prostate cancer at a major Chicago teaching hospital in March 2010 at age 58. The biopsy revealed extremely low volume (a small part of one biopsy core) mostly...Read More

Many prostate cancer patients saved from unnecessary treatments and side effects

  Low-risk patients increasingly undergoing regular monitoring rather than immediate treatment. Of the approximately 24,000 Canadians diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, about half have a slow-growing form that poses little risk to their health. A new study from The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa shows that men with these slow-growing tumours are increasingly avoiding unnecessary and potentially...Read More

Doctor: 80% of Prostate Surgeries Are Unnecessary

  Every year, more than 50,000 American men undergo a radical prostatectomy — complete removal of the prostate — after a diagnosis of prostate cancer. The surgery leaves half impotent and 20 percent incontinent. Shockingly, according to Dr. Mark Scholz, an oncologist who has treated prostate cancer exclusively for 15 years, most of the operations can be avoided. “Four out...Read More

Surgery unnecessary for many prostate cancer patients

  Otherwise healthy men with advanced prostate cancer may benefit greatly from surgery, but many with this diagnosis have no need for it. These conclusions were reached by researchers after following a large group of Scandinavian men with prostate cancer for 29 years. The results are now published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The research findings now presented are from...Read More