Predictive Models

There are a number of models that allow doctors to assist patients in predicting the risk of prostate cancer recurrence following therapy. These nomograms (mathematical models) are used to predict the risk of PSA failure after treatment and may help to educate men and their families to the risk of suffering PSA failure after surgery or radiation therapy. PSA failure refers to a rising PSA after treatment.

It should be remembered that these models have accuracy rates somewhere in the 75% range. While these models are useful during discussions about treatments of prostate cancer, models should be placed into perspective by the patient and physician with regard to the individual patient’s overall health status and personal preferences for treatment.

Discussing cancer treatment options are perplexing. Patient’s anxieties can be relieved by understanding the high chances of overall success from either radiation therapy or surgical treatment options. Urologists and radiation treatment specialists have been early pioneers in the use of mathematical models for educating patients. Any questions that patients may have about the use of these models should be brought up during their discussion with their doctors.

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Step Up Challenge fundraiser: February 25, 2018

The annual Step Up Challenge, raising funds for Prostate Cancer Canada, takes place in Vancouver on Sunday February 25. Click here to sponsor our relay team as they climbs 379 floors. Click here to volunteer to help with the event.

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It's A Snow Day at Mt. Seymour: March 9

Mt. Seymour is hosting It's A Snow Day, a fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC, on Friday March 9. The event will include slope time, a reception, and a silent auction. Click here for more details including how to register, donate and/or sponsor.




Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

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Discovery of a promising new medication to block "master key" of cancer growth

Dr. Chris Ong
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VCHRI News article on study of ctDNA predicting resistance to AR-targeted therapy

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