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IRISH TIMES.COM: Four out of every five Irish men diagnosed with prostate cancer will still be alive in five years. READ MORE>

Improvements in survival rates are being attributed to increased screening, better surgery and multidisciplinary care.

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PROSTABLOG NZ: If only 3% of US men diagnosed with prostate cancer die, what’s happening in NZ, where the proportion is 20%?

The 3% figure pops up in Mike Scott‘s latest discussion on PSA testing for prostate cancer, when he says:

…the number of men in America who die of prostate cancer today is believed to be significantly less than three for every 100 men diagnosed. (New Prostate Cancer Infolink)

Compare that with NZ, where about 3000 prostate cancer diagnoses are registered each year – and 600 men die each year. That’s 20%.

Does the NZ Ministry of Health have some explaining to do?

Read Mike’s discussion HERE>

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NEW PROSTATE CANCER INFOLINK: How long have you got to live if your prostate cancer spreads after initial treatment?

We have been told that the median survival of a man diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer today may be as much as 5-6 years, but actual data to support this belief are very hard to come by, writes Mike Scott. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: Patients of low socio-economic class were found to be at increased risk of dying as a result of their prostate cancer, say Swiss researchers. READ MORE>

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PROSTABLOG NZ: The survival rate for prostate cancer patients in NZ increased more than 12% in the seven years to 2006, according to the Ministry of Health. READ MORE>

The prostate cancer survival gain is the best of five major cancer sites (prostate, breast, coloectal, cervical and lung), says the Ministry’s annual report released this week.

Maori continue to show poor results.

On cancer survival, the report says:

Cancer survival is a key outcome measure of cancer control and provides useful insights into the effectiveness of health care in detecting and treating cancer. Five-year cancer survival rates are a direct measure of the effectiveness of the health system in treating cancer.

The five-year relative survival rate has increased for all five major cancer sites.

This increase was in the region of 5–6 percent for colorectal, breast and cervical cancers and over 12 percent for prostate cancer in the seven years since 1997/98.

The survival rate for lung cancer is significantly less than for other cancer sites and has improved the least.

Survival graph

Ethnic minorities

Five-year relative survival rates show Maori at a marked disadvantage compared with the non-Maori/non-Pacific ethnic group for five selected cancer sites.

Of all ethnic groups, Pacific people show the lowest relative survival rates for female breast and cervical cancers.

Efforts to increase the number of Pacific women being screened through cancer screening programmes should help to identify greater numbers of women in need of cancer treatment in the future.

Maori survival

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HULIQ NEWS: Prostate cancer patients of low socio-economic status are more likely to die than patients with higher incomes, according to a new study from Swiss researchers. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: US men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the early 1990s have had significantly better survival rates compared with patients diagnosed in prior decades. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: The five-year survival rate for prostate cancer patients differs according to age at diagnosis, increasing from 70% in men age under 55 years at diagnosis to 83% in men age over 65 years, according to a French study. READ MORE>

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WatsonPROSTABLOG NZ: A leading NZ scientist has discovered a novel compound he believes will suppress the prostate cancer that is killing him.

Dr James Watson (right) – a former professor at the University of California, now back in NZ – discovered too late he has advanced cancer, so has embarked (with a fellow Kiwi scientist, who also has advanced prostate cancer) on a research project to stop his deadly disease.

He believes he has identified a treatment that will stimulate his immune system to fight the cancer, which has spread beyond his prostate.

He has decided to test the compound on himself, with the assistance of another eminent Auckland medical specialist.

His quest is driven partly by the altruism of finding a viable treatment for all men whose prostate cancer moves to a stage that defies treatment, and partly by his anger at not being diagnosed early when the disease could have been treated easily.

He saw several GPs before one offered him a PSA test, by which time his level was a lethal 987.

He and colleague Dr Richard Forster, an expert on immunology and plant biology, have set up a company to develop their discoveries.

They revealed their progress at the annual conference of the NZ Prostate Cancer Foundation in Napier.


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JULY 29: NEW PROSTATE CANCER INFOLINK: There are some important limitations to conclusions drawn from a new study that suggest a low death rate among men newly diagnosed with low- or intermediate-risk localised prostate cancer. READ MORE>

Mike Scott writes:

It may not be appropriate to assume that similar 15-year outcomes can be obtained by “average” community-based urologists.

We have long pointed out for newly diagnosed patients that, if surgery (in particular) is your treatment of choice, then having the operation carried out by the most skilled specialist you can get to is a key aspect of optimising the likelihood of a good outcome.

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