AUA 2013 - Podcast: Michael S. Cookson, MD of Vanderbilt University Medical Center discusses exclusively with UroToday the new AUA guidelines for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC)

SAN DIEGO, CA USA ( - In this podcast, Dr. Michael Cookson discusses new treatment options for castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC).

Clinical decision-making for patients with mCRPC is complex, due to the multiple options available for treatment and proper sequencing of these medications in patients. While it remains an incurable disease, these emerging treatments, including immunotherapeutic, chemotherapeutic agents, anti-androgens, and androgen synthesis inhibitors may improve outcomes in certain patients, according to this newly-released clinical guideline. 

The guideline provides a sound, evidence-based rationale for the treatment of CRPC, but urges practitioners to use the guidance in conjunction with current literature and the individual patient’s treatment goals.

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Click HERE to view the slide presentation from this session

Click HERE to view the full guideline


Interview conducted at the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting - May 4 - 8, 2013 - San Diego Convention Center - San Diego, California USA


Michael S. Cookson, MD, MMHC
Vice Chair, Department of Urologic Surgery
Rodes and Patricia Hart Chair Professor of Urologic Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN 37027

cooksonDr. Michael Cookson serves as Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair in Urologic Surgery as well as a professor of urologic surgery. He is co-director of Urologic Oncology at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and serves as the director of the Society of Urologic Oncology approved Fellowship Program in Urologic Oncology at Vanderbilt.

Dr. Cookson has devoted a significant portion of his career to teaching and education, both here at Vanderbilt University and nationally. For almost a decade, he has been involved in the American Urological Association’s written board qualifying and in-service examinations for residents in Urology. Dr Cookson is currently chair of the Oncology Knowledge Assessment Test (OKAT) Committee for the Society of Urologic Oncology, which serves to provide education testing for fellowships in Uro-oncology across the country. He also serves as a Written Examination Committee Oncology and Pathology Consultant for the American Board of Urology/American Urologic Association, a member of the ABU Oral Board Examination Committee. At Vanderbilt, he serves as Director of the Fellowship Program in Urologic Oncology, and has raised education funding through the charitable gifts of the William and Deborah Nolan Fund. In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Michael Rodriquez Award for Outstanding Teaching to the Residents and Fellows.

He currently serves as Chair of the American Urologic Association’s Panel on Advanced Prostate Cancer. He is also a member of the American Urologic Association Practice Cancer Guidelines Committee on Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer and Quality of Life in Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer, member of the American Urologic Association Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement – Prostate Cancer Workgroup, member of the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network Scientific Advisory Board, and abstract reviewer for the American Urological Association annual meeting. He is a member of several other professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, Society for Surgical Oncology, American Association of Clinical Urologists, Société Internationale d'Urologie, and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group.


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