Collaboration creates guidelines to avoid unnecessary testing on prostate cancer patients

Bone and CT scans can tell us if a patient’s prostate cancer has spread beyond the prostate and into surrounding bone or tissue. However, the scans themselves are expensive, and expose patients to harmful radiation. The scans often result in false positives, which lead to additional expensive and sometimes painful procedures. But most importantly, the […]

A Patient’s Voice: Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative

After his doctor said the word “cancer,” Bill Crooks didn’t hear much else as he tried to absorb the devastating news. “Hearing the diagnosis … it feels like life is over,” the Grand Rapids Township man said. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993, he opted for surgery to “get it out of my body.” The […]

Blue Cross Helps Make Michigan One of the Safest States for Prostate Biopsies

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men after skin cancer—it’s estimated that there will be more than 220,000 new cases this year and more than two million men in the U.S. are prostate cancer survivors. But there is some good news: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Urological Surgery […]