Social Security Administration Announces Compassionate Allowances Benefit for Men Diagnosed with Hormone-refractory Prostate Cancer

The Prostate Cancer Roundtable issued a press release today (January 20, 2014) commending the Social Security Administration (SSA) for adding hormone-refractory prostate cancer to the list of diseases and conditions that qualify for an expedited decision on an application for Social Security Disability benefits. The Roundtable also offered a sincere “Thanks” to Congressman Elijah Cummings […]

Early Detection Guidelines for High Risk Men

The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) has developed a statement on the role of PSA testing in the early detection of prostate cancer in high risk men.  These include African Americans, men with a significant family history of prostate cancer, men exposed to Agent Orange, and men with an above-average baseline PSA level taken in […]

Prostate Cancer Roundtable Calls for Quality-Of-Life Endpoints

At it’s December 9, 2013 meeting, the Prostate Cancer Roundtable addressed the need for quality of life endpoints based on patient-reported outcomes data, in pivotal trials of all biologic and pharmaceutical agents being assessed for regulatory approval in the treatment of prostate cancer with a primary endpoint of improved survival. The Roundtable voted unanimously to […]

Prostate Cancer Roundtable leads letter to Sec. Sebelius about the next director of AHRQ

Members of the Prostate Cancer Roundtable joined with over 20 other organizations to address the qualifications of the next director of AHRQ. The letters asks for “a candidate who not only possesses superb technical qualifications for this critical position, but who has also demonstrated a commitment to recognizing the diversity, perspective, and participation of patients […]

USPSTF Recommends Against Using the PSA

The U.S. Preventive Service Taskforce (USPSTF) has reviewed their prostate cancer screening recommendation and issued a new draft recommendation lowering the PSA screening rating from an I (“inconclusive”) to a D (“The USPSTF recommends against the service.”). You can read the draft recommendation here: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf12/prostate/draftrecprostate.htm You will find a table explaining the various recommendation levels […]

Presidential Proclamation for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Today, President Barak Obama issued a proclamation for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (September). In the proclamation he acknowledges the effect that prostate cancer has on family and friends and renews the country’s commitment to “…reducing the impact of prostate cancer on our country by raising awareness and supporting research that will lead to better ways […]