The processes involved in cancer treatment are and the greater the odds you will defeat your enemy. As you read this issue, consider how you might use additional testing to improve your treatment plan. often presented using military metaphors. How often have you heard that a patient is battling cancer? As I write, Ukraine is in a historic battle to prevent Russian from taking over the country. By all accounts, they have been much more successful than most experts had expected.
This early success is the result of several factors. First, intelligence agencies from the US and other NATO members gave the Ukrainians valuable information about the location of Russian troops and their supply lines. Second, the same allies supplied arms to the Ukrainians that were an excellent fit for the situation on the battlefield. Third, the Ukrainians proved to be better skilled, lead and motivated than the Russians.
This issue is devoted to advances in tests used to identify patients with prostate cancer and to better define possible treatment options. I have always envisioned this as equivalent to gathering military intelligence prior to the start of a war. The more you understand about your opponent, the better your strategy will be and the greater the odds you will defeat your enemy. As you read this issue, consider how you might use additional testing to improve your treatment plan.
Charles E. Myers, Jr., MD