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Men should be offered PSA test: new recommendation from U.S. authority

In a change of position, the U.S. Preventative Services Taskforce has reversed its earlier recommendation against PSA screening, to now recommend that men aged 55-69 make an individual decision about prostate cancer screening with their clinicians but recommends against routine screening for men age 70 and older. The new recommendation is based on new evidence that…

Position Statement: Making informed treatment decisions

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ supports a new Position Statement issued by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists that encourages men facing a diagnosis of prostate cancer to have a discussion with both a Urologist and a Radiation Oncologist, about the respective treatment options available to them. This was recently reported…

ACC-funded bladder neck stents now available in NZ

In a New Zealand first, bladder neck stents have been implanted in two men with bladder neck contracture, following radical prostatectomies. Dr Jim Duthie, prostate cancer surgeon and medical advisor to the Prostate Cancer Foundation is very excited about this new tool in the arsenal to treat bladder neck contracture following prostate cancer surgery and…

Penile rehabilitation following treatment

A recently published study* shows that a regular dose of sildenafil (Viagra or its generic equivalent) taken immediately following nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy has significant benefit in restoring erectile function. Men taking just 2 pills per week immediately following removal of their catheter achieved much better recovery than those starting 3 months later. We suggest that…