THE PR♂STATE NETProstate Cancer Patient Symposium Brian A. Stone MD, FACS President, Jasper Urology Associates Baptist Health Systems of Alabama
Program Objectives • Give you a better understanding of the PSA test. • Help you with treatment decision making. • Better understanding of maintaining good quality of life after prostate cancer treatment. • Managing advanced prostate cancer. • Provide an update on new treatment options for advanced disease. • Using the internet to gather information. • Understanding possible prostate cancer prevention options.
PSA Testing: Is There An Answer? • Of the current early detection recommendations, what do you recommend for the confused patient? • Are you concerned about the position of US Preventative Services Task Force on prostate cancer early detection? • Which guidelines due you support and why?
Prostate Cancer Treatment:What’s Best for You? • Do you feel that robot assisted radical prostatectomy is the better surgical option & why? • Is cryoablation a “first line” treatment option in certain patients? • What is your position on HIFU? • What is the difference between the “cyberknife” delivery system and IMRT?
Restoring Quality of Life:Managing SE’s / Pain Control • What is the best method for managing “hot flashes”? • Is there a role for “alternative” medical therapies? • How safe is testosterone replacement in patients with no evidence of active disease?
Advanced Stage Disease • Do you believe that intermittent hormone therapy is viable approach in certain patients? • What is your position on the timing of hormone therapy? (immediate vs. delayed?) • How do you manage patients who “break through” Taxotere therapy? What options do they have?
Emerging Treatment Protocols • Do you believe that Provenge is a viable treatment option? • In lay terms what is the difference between immunotherapy and genetic therapy?
Become Your Own Advocate • What should a patient do if they are “under insured” and chose a treatment that is not covered? • What services are available to patients who are self pay or only have Medicaid?
Using the Internet • What are the most “credible” sources of information on prostate cancer?
Prevention Strategies • Should all men take a 5ARI based on the results of the REDUCE trial? • What natural prevention methods would you recommend to our audience?