Have you been doing clinical trials throughout your urology career?

I have a clinical practice at Kingston General Hospital at Queen's University, but I've been very interested in clinical trials and prostate disease - primarily benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostatitis and, to a lesser extent, prostate cancer.

But until now, all the trials I've done have been with pharmaceuticals and traditional treatment methods. Over time, you start to realize that there is a limitation to what the pharmaceutical industry can do, and that a cure is not always obtainable in these conditions and that it would be nice to just prevent the condition in the first place, or to have a safer, and moderately effective, treatment that would promote long-term prostate health and help the symptoms.

Now, many of my patients believe they have found that sort of thing by taking herbal treatments. Unfortunately, as a traditional scientist, I'd like to see proof of efficacy and of long-term safety, which we don't have. Only by these standard methods of research and enquiry can we determine the true efficacy and safety of these compounds. If they are truly efficacious, it's these types of studies that will truly convince the medical community.
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