On December 18, 2015 President Obama signed into law a bill re-authorizing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, to extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”) for an additional five years.
This will benefit individuals impacted by the events of 9/11 including men who developed prostate cancer as a result of exposure to the disaster.
Importantly, the re-authorization extends the deadline for submitting claims. Previously the VCF said it would stop receiving claims on October 3, 2016. This is no longer the case. As of September 2, the new deadline for filing a claim (and all supporting documents) is December 18, 2020. Full story in our blog.
Cancer cells' genetic pathways show which patients are likely to develop aggressive types of the disease
Sept. 7, 2016 -- Scientists at Cedars-Sinai have developed a new way to identify which prostate cancer patients are likely to develop aggressive types of the disease even if their tumors at first appear to be lower risk. The new findings could help physicians prescribe the most effective treatments for each patient based on how genes are activated in the individual tumor.
These findings raise the possibility that by determining the gene expression profile of a patient's tumor, physicians may be able to identify aggressive disease at the outset of diagnosis and start treatment earlier," said Sungyong You, PhD, an instructor in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery and the first author of the study.
Sept. 6, 2016 – Digital rectal exam, the dreaded finger exam to check for prostate cancer, used to be a mainstay of check-ups for older men. With its value now in question, some doctors share the risks and benefits with their patients and let them decide. So, should they or shouldn’t they?
“The evidence suggests that in most cases, it is time to abandon the digital rectal exam (DRE),” said Ryan Terlecki, M.D., a Wake Forest Baptist urologist who recently published an article on the topic in Current Medical Research and Opinion. “Our findings will likely be welcomed by patients and doctors alike.”
September 6, 2016. A study by investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) finds that a rise in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in healthy men who have previously been treated for prostate cancer is significantly associated with a 1.6-fold increased risk of death. The team also studied men with prostate cancer who had another illness such as a history of heart attack or stroke, and did not find that PSA failure was predictive of the risk of death in these men.
May 18, 2015— AUA, New Orleans. A study of medical records of nearly 10,000 patients with prostate cancer shows that active surveillance (the updated form of watchful waiting) is suitable for most men with low-risk disease. Twelve to 15 years after diagnosis, these men are no more likely to die of prostate cancer than of other conditions and diseases. By contrast, the study shows, to avoid dying of prostate cancer men with high-risk disease may require aggressive "multimodal treatment" including surgery. ...continue reading "Active Surveillance For Low-Risk Prostate Cancer Does Not Shorten Life"