Richard R. Kerr
Urologists place third in physician earnings survey
Urologists rank third in earnings, tied with gastroenterologists, in a survey of physician compensation conducted by Medscape.
Staged buccal mucosa graft urethroplasty, urethrotomy/mitomycin combo among trauma/reconstruction advances
New research about staged buccal mucosa graft urethroplasty and a study examining urethrotomy with mitomycin C for recurrent bladder neck contractures are among the key research in trauma/reconstruction being presented at the 2014 AUA annual meeting.
Pediatric urology looks to advances in minimally invasive surgery
Research in stone disease and minimally invasive surgery will also make its mark at the Society for Pediatric Urology annual meeting, which runs concurrently with the first 3 days of the AUA meeting.
Testosterone safety, efficacy data on Peyronie's treatment among sexual dysfunction research
The safety of testosterone replacement therapy has been the subject of two recently published studies, which were followed by a January 2014 FDA announcement that the agency is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men taking TRT. Additional data on the safety of TRT, including its use in men following radical prostatectomy, will be presented at the AUA meeting, said John J. Mulcahy, MD, PhD.
Infertility research explores linkage to all-cause mortality, psychiatric disorders
A number of studies at the 2014 AUA annual meeting will indicate that male infertility is a harbinger of other diseases, specifically suggesting “linkage to all-cause mortality, psychiatric disorders, morbidity, and offspring birth defect risk,” said James M. Hotaling, MD, assistant professor of surgery in the division of urology at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Stone research indicates URS over ESWL trend continuing
At the 2012 AUA annual meeting, researchers reported that ureteroscopy had overtaken extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) as the treatment of choice for kidney stones. Look for research at the 2014 meeting showing that trend is ongoing.
Laparoscopy/robotics studies explore the limits of minimally invasive surgery
Urologists continue to push the limits of minimally invasive surgery, and key papers presented at the AUA meeting will explore the functional and cancer control outcomes associated with minimally invasive and robotic procedures in prostate cancer and renal cell carcinoma. When to use such approaches remains a source of controversy.
Advanced prostate cancer research focuses on newer agents for mCRPC
Research in advanced prostate cancer is largely focused on newer agents for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, including abiraterone acetate (ZYTIGA), enzalutamide (XTANDI), radium Ra 223 dichloride (Xofigo), and the immunotherapy sipuleucel-T (Provenge).
ICD-10 prep, evidence-based medicine and outcomes among health policy offerings
At the 2014 AUA annual meeting, look for the AUA to focus on many of its 2014 legislative priorities.
Pediatric UTI marker, post-surgery antimicrobial prophylaxis among infection studies to watch for
In discussing research at the 2014 AUA annual meeting, Anthony J. Schaeffer, MD, called attention to an important paper concerning urinary tract infection in children, as well as another study showing that antimicrobial prophylaxis after surgery is subject to considerable variation.