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USA Only-PSA Advocacy Opportunity-Include Your Voice

Here is a newly emerged advocacy opportunity regarding the PSA test and Prostate Cancer in the USA. Malecare feels you should be empowered to participate in this national health policy issue. CMS' Center for Medicare issued what is known as a Medicare Advantage Call letter. In the letter, the CMS signals to Medicare Advantage Plans that they will put a Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) "non-recommended PSA screening measure" as a display measure in 2018 and will consider it for the 2019 Star ratings. CMS is the US federal agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children's [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wealthy Advanced Prostate Cancer Men Live Longer

Men living in wealthier zip codes in the United States live longer with advanced prostate cancer than men in lower income zip codes.  Creighton University, Omaha, NE  researchers studied income levels and overall survival of men diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer.  Lead author Sabra Ahmed and his team looked at 50,639 men in the National Cancer Database diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer between 2004-2011 . Income was evaluated using the median income of the patient’s zip code.  Ahmed's abstract is being presented at the ASCO GU conference this weekend (Impact of income in stage IV prostate cancer. abstract #244) His conclusions: "Compared to [...]

By | February 15th, 2017|disparities, Disparities, End-Of-Life|0 Comments

An Easier, Cheaper and More Comfortable Way To Take Zytiga

Rather than taking – and paying – for the full Zytiga dose on an empty stomach, ask your doctor if you could get the same effect from taking just one fourth of your Zytiga dose while enjoying a low-fat or high-fat breakfast. A small phase two study of 36 prostate cancer patients who took 250 mg of Zytiga after a low-fat breakfast had almost the same outcomes as 36 other prostate cancer patients who took the regular 1000mg dose on an empty stomach. These 72 patients were from the United States and from Singapore. Their age rage was from 52 [...]

Travel & Refugee Ban Hurts Cancer Patients

All of us are affected by the recent refugee and travel ban. At one time or another, all of us have been helped by doctors, medical students, nurses, social workers, caregivers and fellow cancer patients who were born outside of the United States.  Many of the treatments and drugs that keep us alive were developed by foreign born scientists and researchers.  And, like me, some of us are partnered or married to men and women who were born outside of our borders. Barring people of a particular origin or religion from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Malecare’s and [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment