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Prostate Cancer Podcasts

Listen to leading physicians discuss prostate cancer on the BackTable Urology Podcast. Get tips, tricks, and expert guidance from your peers and level up your practice.

Episode #153

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In this episode, Dr. Edward Schaeffer, chair of urology at Feinberg School of Medicine, discusses precision medicine in prostate cancer with Dr. Aditya Bagrodia.

First, Dr. Schaeffer introduces the importance of using a defined screening strategy for prostate cancer that includes analyzing a patient’s genomic and germline risk. Then, he summarizes existing and new diagnostic tools for prostate cancer. Additionally, Dr. Schaeffer discusses genomic testing and PSMA testing and explains how he applies them to individual patient cases depending on their cancer stage and grade. Finally, the doctors highlight the ability of future tools, like PET PSMA scans, to advance precision medicine.

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Episode #151

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This week on BackTable Urology, Dr. Aditya Bagrodia invites Dr. Stacy Loeb, Professor of Urology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, to discuss the role of lifestyle medicine in prostate cancer prevention.

First, the doctors discuss the negative impacts of red and processed meat consumption as cancer-causing agents and encourage a shift towards whole, plant-based foods. They also emphasize the importance of engaging in regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy sleep schedule. Additionally, Dr. Loeb highlights substance abuse, particularly smoking and opioid consumption, as a health threat that needs to be managed. Lastly, the doctors discuss the importance of maintaining social connections and managing stress effectively in order to optimize preventative health.

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Episode #149

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This week on BackTable Urology, urologic oncologist Dr. Bogdana Schmidt (University of Utah) hosts a discussion with medical oncology experts Dr. Rana McKay (UC San Diego) and Dr. Neeraj Agarwal (University of Utah) on recent clinical trials from bladder, kidney, and prostate cancer research presented at the 2023 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Meeting.

First, they discuss impactful data regarding bladder cancers, specifically the CheckMate 901 and the EV-302 trials which show improvement in overall survival and promise for urothelial carcinoma patients’ quality of life. The conversation moves onto kidney-specific trials such as the LITESPARK-005, which offers improved progression-free survival for patients through the use of belzutifan. The panel rounds off by discussing the progress made in prostate-specific trials with emphasis on the EMBARK and SPLASH trials involving Lutetium therapy. Finally, the doctors discuss the trend towards personalized treatment plans based on the unique goals and health requirements of the patients.

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Episode #142

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In this episode of the Backtable Urology Podcast, Dr. Jose Silva invites Dr. Ali Kasraeian, urologic oncologist in Jacksonville, Florida, to discuss his experiences with the Aquablation technique for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

First, Dr. Kasraeian shares the process of learning Aquablation, the initial challenges he faced, and the benefits it offers patients. He explains that Aquablation is a procedure that democratizes the treatment of any size of the prostate by removing inconsistencies in management and offering a consistent, reproducible method. The doctors also discuss Aquablation outcomes and patient considerations, focusing on quality of life improvement and preserving ejaculatory function. Dr. Kasraeian also shares some insights on insurance coverage and billing for this procedure.

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Episode #141

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In this episode, Dr. Aaron Fritts and Dr. Jose Silva invite interventional radiologist Dr. Jamil Muasher to highlight the potential that interventional radiologists possess in offering prostate biopsy work alongside Urology colleagues.

Given the advancement in MRI guidance, the discussion addresses the opportunity for radiologists to step in and provide crucial expertise to optimize patient outcomes. Dr. Muasher talks about his approach of using an MR imaging to guide the biopsy procedure. He further expresses importance in understanding the grading, reading, interpreting systems like Prostate Imaging-Reporting and Data System (PI-RADS) and significant experience needed for accurate results. The doctors also explain various biopsy procedures, details about post-procedure care and follow-ups, and observations about billing for the services.

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Episode #123

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This week on BackTable Urology, Dr. Juan Javier-Desloges, a urologic oncologist at UC San Diego, interviews Dr. Neil Taunk, a radiation oncologist leading the Brachytherapy and Procedural Radiation program at the University of Pennsylvania, about his experience with using SpaceOAR rectal spacer for prostate cancer radiotherapy.

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Episode #119

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In this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Bagrodia interviews Dr. Peter Scandino, world-renowned urologist and professor emeritus of urology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), about his journey to becoming a urologist and life lessons he has learned along the way.

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Episode #114

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This week on the BackTable Urology Podcast, Dr. Jose Silva discusses sexual health with Dr. Arthur “Bud” Burnett, professor of urology at John Hopkins University, with an emphasis on the importance of preventative medicine in improving sexual health and different treatments for erectile dysfunction.

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Episode #113

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This week on the BackTable Urology Podcast, Dr. Bagrodia talks with Dr. Daniel Spratt, professor and chairman of radiation oncology at Case Western University in Cleveland, about the workup and treatment of high risk prostate cancer.

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Episode #112

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This week on BackTable Urology, Dr. David Albala, chief of urology at Crouse Hospital, and Dr. Jose Silva discuss the benefits and integration of biomarkers in prostate cancer diagnosis.

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Episode #108

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In this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Jose Silva, radiation oncologist Dr. Neil Mariados, and urologic oncologist Dr. Dan Welchons discuss techniques and benefits of rectal spacing for radiation therapy in prostate cancer patients.

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Episode #107

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In this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Aditya Bagrodia speaks with urological oncologist Dr. Ashley Ross from Northwestern University about risk factors of prostate cancer and the importance of genome expression tests to predict tumor characteristics.

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Episode #98

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On this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Jose Silva invites endocrinologist Dr. Rodrigo Valderrabano onto the show to discuss the impact of testosterone replacement therapy on hypogonadic patients and prostate cancer survivors.

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Episode #96

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On this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Aditya Bagrodia, Dr. Matt Allaway (Perineologic Biopsy), and Dr. Juan Javier-DesLoges (UC San Diego) discuss benefits and procedural tips for the transperineal prostate biopsy.

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Episode #94

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On this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Aditya Bagrodia, Dr. Daniel Costa (UT Southwestern), and Dr. Xiaosong Meng (UT Southwestern) discuss patient selection and procedure for TULSA-PRO, a new transurethral ultrasound ablation system that incorporates real-time MR imaging, as a focal treatment option for prostate cancer.

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Episode #93

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On this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Aditya Bagrodia and Dr. Rana McKay, a medical oncologist at UC San Diego, discuss guidelines and advances in prostate cancer treatment.

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Episode #85

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In this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Jose Silva interviews Dr. Ali Kasraeian, a private practice urologic oncologist in Jacksonville, about different techniques and research on prostate cancer screenings.

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Episode #80

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In this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Aditya Bagrodia, Dr. Kara Watts (Montefiore Medical Center), Dr. Minhaj Siddiqui (University of Maryland), and Dr. Arvin George (University of Michigan) discuss active surveillance for prostate cancer.

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Episode #79

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In this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Aditya Bagrodia interviews Dr. Todd Morgan, chief of urologic oncology at the University of Michigan, about benefits and indications for germline testing in prostate cancer patients.

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Episode #78

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In this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Aditya Bagrodia interviews Dr. David Penson, professor and chair of urologic oncology at Vanderbilt University, about the indications and benefits of surgery for high risk prostate cancer.

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Episode #76

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In this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Aditya Bagrodia interviews Marc McGuire and Patrick Scheffler about their personal experiences with prostate cancer, from diagnosis to remission.

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Episode #65

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In this episode, guest host Dr. David Canes interviews Dr. Matthew Allaway about PrecisionPoint, his medical device for transperineal prostate biopsy, and his journey towards changing the paradigms of prostate cancer diagnosis.

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Episode #53

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In this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Aditya Bagrodia discusses radiation therapy for favorable intermediate-risk prostate cancer with radiation oncologist Dr. Amar Kishan, Chief of the Genitourinary Oncology Service for the Department of Radiation Oncology at UCLA.

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Episode #44

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In this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Aditya Bagrodia discusses tips and tricks for radical and partial prostatectomies with Dr. Rafael Coelho, Chief of Urology Oncology at the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine.

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Prostate Cancer Articles

Read our exclusive BackTable Urology Articles for quick insights on prostate cancer, provided by physicians for physicians.

Rectal Spacer Placement in Prostate Cancer: A Procedural Guide

Dr. Javier-Desloges and Dr. Neil Taunk highlight the various aspects of rectal spacer placement procedures, including hydrogel spacers, operating room equipment, proper patient position, antibiotic treatment, and other factors to consider for surgical success.

Rectal Spacer Placement: Who Is The Ideal Patient?

Urologic oncologist Dr. Javier-Desloges and radiation oncologist Dr. Neil Taunk discuss the ideal patient candidate for rectal spacer placement and other factors to consider before a rectal spacer procedure.

Testosterone and Prostate Cancer: Testing & Treatment Modalities

Urologist Jose Silva and endocrinologist Rodrigo Valderrábano explore the complexities of testosterone and prostate cancer treatment, sharing critical clinical insights and diagnostic techniques.

Rethinking Testosterone Therapy in Prostate Cancer Survivors: An Early Look at Positive Clinical Trial Data

Urologist Dr. Jose Silva and endocrinologist Dr. Rodrigo Valderrábano dive into the groundbreaking research that’s exploring the viability of testosterone treatment in prostate cancer survivors. The doctors discuss the importance of proper patient selection and preliminary findings from Dr. Valderrábano’s clinical trial.

Transperineal Prostate Biopsy: A Practical Guide to Procedural Success

This practical guide walks urologists through how to perform the transperineal prostate biopsy procedure. Key concepts for beginning physicians include unlearning transrectal biopsy habits and becoming proficient in the freehand technique to enhance precision.

Which Is Better: Transrectal or Transperineal Prostate Biopsy?

Which is better, transrectal or transperineal prostate biopsy? Three leading urologists discuss prostate biopsy procedures, considering safety, cancer detection rates, and more!

Transperineal Prostate Biopsy Tools, Equipment, & Instruments

Urologists Aditya Bagrodia, Matt Allaway, and Juan Javier-DesLoges explore the role of various equipment, tools, and instruments in switching from a traditional transrectal biopsy to the more efficient transperineal biopsy approach.

TULSA prostate treatment device

TULSA prostate treatment is a new prostate cancer treatment option that uses real-time MRI thermometry to visualize treatment areas and boundaries. TULSA treatment for prostate cancer requires proper patient selection and preparation are crucial for success. Learn more!

Tulsa procedure technique device placement diagram

The TULSA procedure for the treatment of prostate cancer involves several technical steps, including imaging, device placement, ablation control, & real-time monitoring. Learn more in this guide.

Transurethral ultrasound ablation MRI

Transurethral ultrasound ablation may offer distinct advantages over alternative treatment options for prostate cancer. Xioasong Meng and Dr. Aditya Bagrodia team up with radiologist Dr. Daniel Costa to explain how to establish a TULSA program for prostate cancer treatment.

Doctor demonstrating prostate anatomy for potential radiotherapy complications

Urologists commonly utilize radiotherapy in the treatment of prostate cancer, but like most treatment modalities, it is not without its complications. Learn more about specific complications and the role of patient-specific and prostate-specific factors in determining candidacy for treatment. 

Male patient undergoing external radiation therapy

Internal radiation therapy and external radiation therapy are often used by Urologists in the treatment of prostate cancer. Understanding the differences between the two forms of radiation is pertinent for deciding the patient's treatment plan.

A urologist performs focal ablation using NanoKnife

The NanoKnife System is a new type of focal ablation technology that can be used to treat prostate cancer. This article discusses various details of the NanoKnife procedure and post-op care.

Several NanoKnife probes creating a focal ablation area.

The NanoKnife System is a promising new type of focal ablation technology for treating prostate cancer. This article discusses the ideal candidate for this therapy, and its advantages over other focal ablation therapies.

Man being treated with radiation for prostate cancer.

When deciding on prostate cancer surgery vs radiation, it is important to know all of the pros and cons. They can both be effective treatments for prostate cancer, but you should be informed of the risks based on your age. This article covers both prostate cancer treatments.

A doctor consulting a patient about prostate cancer.

This article discusses the criteria to start prostate cancer active surveillance, various modalities to monitor disease progression, and indications to initiate other treatment.

Disclaimer: The Materials available on https://www.BackTable.com/ are for informational and educational purposes only and are not a substitute for the professional judgment of a healthcare professional in diagnosing and treating patients. The opinions expressed by participants of the BackTable Podcast belong solely to the participants, and do not necessarily reflect the views of BackTable.

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Podcasts

Precision Medicine in Prostate Cancer with Dr. Edward Schaeffer on the BackTable Urology Podcast)
Lifestyle Medicine in Prostate Cancer with Dr. Stacy Loeb on the BackTable Urology Podcast)
ESMO: Practice Changing Breakthroughs with Dr. Rana McKay and Dr. Neeraj Agarwal on the BackTable Urology Podcast)
Aquablation: Expanding BPH Management Options with Dr. Ali Kasraeian on the BackTable Urology Podcast)
Building a Prostate Biopsy Service Line with Dr. Jamil Muasher on the BackTable Urology Podcast)
Perfecting Rectal Spacer Placement for Optimal Care with Dr. Neil Taunk on the BackTable Urology Podcast)

Articles

Rectal Spacer Placement in Prostate Cancer: A Procedural Guide

Rectal Spacer Placement in Prostate Cancer: A Procedural Guide

Rectal Spacer Placement: Who Is The Ideal Patient?

Rectal Spacer Placement: Who Is The Ideal Patient?

Testosterone and Prostate Cancer: Testing & Treatment Modalities

Testosterone and Prostate Cancer: Testing & Treatment Modalities

Contributors

Dr. Neeraj Agarwal on the BackTable Urology Podcast

Dr. Neeraj Agarwal

Dr. David Albala on the BackTable Urology Podcast

Dr. David Albala

Dr. Matthew Allaway on the BackTable Urology Podcast

Dr. Matthew Allaway

Dr. Matthew Allaway on the BackTable Urology Podcast

Dr. Matthew Allaway

Dr. Bud Burnett on the BackTable Urology Podcast

Dr. Bud Burnett

Dr. Jeff Cadeddu on the BackTable Urology Podcast

Dr. Jeff Cadeddu

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