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I recently attended the co-sponsored Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. As usual, it was somewhat of a “firehose to take a drink” scenario with great presentations, more posters than you could possibly absorb, and lots of progress on many fronts.
In the past decade, a number of labs and companies have developed techniques to further define how a patient with prostate cancer, or suspected cancer, is likely to do. There are at least a dozen tests that are in various stages of commercialization, and it would be difficult to do justice to all...
It is always humbling to see how much you can miss in trying to keep up with medicine's developments, even in an incredibly narrow area like prostate cancer. Fortunately, there are many crutches like Medscape that offer help (along with targeted ads of course).
The third annual ASCO Quality Care Symposium was held October 17-18, in Boston. This meeting has rapidly become the premier event to attend for oncologists, advanced practice providers, nurses, and other cancer professionals dedicated to quality improvement.
Randy Pausch said in his last lecture that the brick walls were there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. I wonder, though, if we really need so many brick walls…
It often seems like the challenges associated with discussing clinical trials with your patients outweigh the probable benefits, but in the long run, it may make a difference.

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