Articles: Volume 6 Issue 4 Jul/Aug 2015

Editorial: Revolution in prostate cancer treatment

From time to time, not that often, a clinical trial yields a result that can truly be described as a ‘game-changer’, because it results in an enduring modification of clinical practice. Early results from the innovative STAMPEDE trial, presented by Professor Nick James at ASCO in …

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Treatment of metastatic prostate cancer

The authors review the current therapeutic approaches and consider the many remaining questions and challenges facing clinicians involved in the care of men with metastatic prostate cancer.
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Avoiding medical errors in general practice

The two main types of error in general practice are diagnostic and prescribing errors. The authors consider how they might arise and suggest ways in which they may be avoided.
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Prostate cancer multidisciplinary care: improving patient outcomes

Multidisciplinary care should serve to improve communication between specialists and ensure that prostate cancer patients receive optimal care based on best practice and evidence-based guidelines. Here, the authors describe the implementation of this model in a prostate cancer-specific clinic in Australia.
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Urethral stricture disease in men

Most urethral strictures are either idiopathic or iatrogenic secondary to urethral instrumentation or failed surgery for hypospadias. In this article, the authors provide a concise general overview of urethral stricture and its management.
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The post PSA era: new developments in biomarkers, imaging and biopsy techniques in prostate cancer detection

New technologies for the detection of prostate cancer are emerging regularly. The authors summarise recent advances in prostate cancer diagnostics, including serum, urine and tissue markers, and outline improvements in imaging and biopsy techniques.
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Nicorandil and prepuce ulcers

The authors provide an illustrated account of three elderly patients on long-term high-dosage nicorandil therapy who presented with eroding foreskin ulcers.
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Prostate cancer in the African-Caribbean community

African-Caribbean men have the highest risk of prostate cancer, which is the second most common male cancer worldwide. The authors present an overview of the epidemiology, genetic factors and disparities in management of prostate cancer in the African-Caribbean community.
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Taking care to avoid the ‘seven deadly sins of surgery’

These days, as surgeons, we live in a world where the hue and cry resulting from one unfortunate incident can drown out the plaudits that should be the result of literally thousands of cases that have gone smoothly. As a result, it is the duty …

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Manslaughter and preventable harm

The criminal prosecution and subsequent imprisonment of surgeon David Sellu for manslaughter following the death of a patient under his care provided the impetus for a meeting on ‘Doctors, manslaughter and avoidable harm’, which took place in London in April 2015.
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