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.

A World Class Centre

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has a track record of success that has earned it a reputation as one of the world’s most respected cancer facilities. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.

Events

Pars for Prostate fundraiser: September 22, 2022

The First Annual Pars for Prostate golf fundraiser in support of Prostate Cancer Foundation BC takes place September 22, 2022 at Westwood Plateau Golf Course. For information and to register please visit www.parsforprostate.ca

Dr. Black

Terry Fox Run fundraiser: September 18th, 2022

The 42nd Annual Terry Fox Run is taking place on Sunday September 18, 2022. If you are able, please consider joining and/or donating to our team (tax receipts issued), raising funds for the Terry Fox Foundation's ground-breaking cancer research

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Dr Mads Daugaard develops an AI cell analytics app which could supercharge biotechnology research

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

With just a tablespoon of blood, B.C. researchers aim to transform cancer treatment