Number Of Incurable Prostate Cancer Cases On The Rise: Report
Meanwhile, in California, pathologists at a dozen hospitals team up to improve the state's cancer database.
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Metastatic Prostate Cancer Cases Surge, Adding To Screening Controversy
A new study documents a decade-long increase in the number of men who have incurable prostate cancer at their initial diagnosis, an ominous finding that prostate cancer-screening proponents have been predicting. Both screening and diagnosis of early-stage prostate cancer have declined, coinciding with recommendations from an influential government advisory panel. (McCullough, 7/19)
Tracking Cancer In Real Time
California is overhauling the way it collects information for its massive cancer database in the hope of improving how patients are treated for the disease. Pathologists at a dozen hospitals in the state are part of a pilot project — the first of its kind in the United States — in which they are reporting cancer diagnoses in close to real-time to the California Cancer Registry. And they are using standardized electronic forms to make their reporting more consistent and accurate. (Gorman, 7/19)