Radiotherapy And Androgen Deprivation More Beneficial Than Radiotherapy Alone in Some Prostate Cancer Patients

06 March 2012

In a recent study funded by grants from the National Cancer Institute and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it was reported that short-term androgen-deprivation therapy improves survival in men with intermediate-risk, localized prostate cancer.  From 1994 to 2001, one thousand seventy nine men with localized prostate cancer and prostate-specific antigen [...]

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HIFU Treatment looks Promising for Localized Prostate Cancer

07 February 2012

Data from a large clinical registry showed that over 80 percent of men with localized prostate cancer had negative biopsies for as long as 10 years after treatment with high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). The negative biopsy rate ranged from 78.3% of patients with high-risk prostate cancer to 89.3% for men with low-risk disease. The 10-year biochemical [...]

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Pre-op Counseling For Prostate Surgery Not Effective

24 January 2012

Researchers have found that over half of men undergoing radical prostatectomy have unrealistic expectations about some of the outcomes. Daniela Wittmann, MSW, and colleagues at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan found that despite a pre-operative education program, 61 percent of men expected the same or better sexual function a year [...]

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Saturation Biopsy Detects More Cancers

17 January 2012

According to a new report, analysis of 20 to 24 biopsy cores is superior to analysis of 12 to 14 cores for detecting prostate cancer in men who’ve had a normal prostate biopsy in the past. J. Stephen Jones, M.D., from Cleveland Clinic, Ohio said, “We have shown that transrectal saturation biopsy is as easy and [...]

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Alpha Blocker Improves Symptoms of Chronic Prostatitis

27 December 2011

Recent findings show that treatment with a specific alpha blocker helps reduce symptoms and improve quality of life for men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS).  This alpha-blocker, called silodosin, works by selectively relaxing the muscles in the neck of the urinary bladder and prostate.  It has been approved in Canada, the [...]

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No Relationship Between Small Prostate Size and High Grade Cancer

20 December 2011

Previously, radical prostatectomy series have shown an inverse relationship between prostate size and high grade cancer.  It was suggested that smaller sized prostates arise in a low androgen environment, which enables development of more aggressive cancer.  A recent study by a team of authors from Stanford University School of Medicine in the Journal [...]

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New Technology May Encourage Doctors to Recommend Prostate Surgery

13 December 2011

A new study finds that after hospitals in Wisconsin received robotic surgery technology, the number of prostate removals there doubled within three months.  In contrast, the number of prostate surgeries remained the same at hospitals that did not purchase this new two-million dollar technology. This finding was published in the peer-reviewed journal Cancer. It [...]

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Hormone Therapy Used to Treat Prostate Cancer Increases Vertebral Fractures

06 December 2011

A recent study found that androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), a hormone therapy that is used to treat prostate cancer, speeds up loss of bone mineral density and increases vertebral fractures, particularly in white men.  The study was published in the Journal of Urology. The men in the study were enrolled in a fracture prevention [...]

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Simple Postage Stamp Test Objectively Assesses ED

29 November 2011

According to the results of a small clinical study at Fox-Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, a simple, inexpensive home test for erectile dysfunction showed a good correlation with prostate cancer patients’ and partners’ subjective assessments of their sex life. Objective measures of nocturnal tumescence, erectile dysfunction (ED), and overall sexual function had significant associations [...]

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Urine Test Can Help Detect and Sort Prostate Cancer

22 November 2011

Researchers report that an investigational urine test can detect and stratify prostate cancer in men with elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA).  According to Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD, of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor and colleagues, the test is based on the detection of a gene fusion that is [...]

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