An Example of Potential New Prostate Cancer (PC) Treatments on the Horizon. Killing PC Cells With Radioactive Gold Nanoparticles Containing a Component of Tea as the Targeting Agent.

Nanotechnology is finding potential applications in many areas of our lives including cancer.  [A nanometer is defined as one billionth of a meter or one ten millionth of a centimeter (there are 2.54 centimeters per inch).] Synthetic nanometer-sized particles (such as atoms, molecules or fragments thereof usually less than 100 nanometers in size) are being used in many more »

Active Surveillance May Be the Preferred Option in Some Men with Prostate Cancer.

A recent study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology concluded that for men over 65 “active surveillance is the first option for men in this category with very-low-risk disease” according to senior investigator Dr. H. Ballantine Carter. The initial question for such patients should be “whether any therapy is more »

PSA Screening Recommendations from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is a highly respected organization. On July 16th 2012, a committee of experts from ASCO published a provisional clinical opinion regarding PSA screening in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. This information is also summarized in the July 24th, 2012 issue of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Bulletin. Briefly, ASCO experts concluded that for more »

Treating Low-Risk, Localized Prostate Cancer Using MRI-Guided Focal Laser Therapy.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), the largest of the institutes comprising the National Insitutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda and Frederick, Maryland is sponsoring a clinical trial for men who have slow-growing prostate cancer confined to a small portion of the prostate gland (low-volume disease). In this pilot study which is being conducted at the NIH more »

MDV3100 (enzalutamide) Now Available in Eleven (11) States.

The progress of developing new treatments for advanced prostate cancer continues. MDV3100 (now called enzalutamide) is being developed by Medivation Inc. and Astellas Pharma Inc. It is now available in eleven states as part of additional clinical trials in prostate cancer patients who have failed hormonal therapy and who have been previously treated with docetaxel (taxotere).  Enzalutamide more »

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force Advises Against PSA Screening; a Summary of Responses.

    Since its October, 2011 initial advisory, and after receiving input from the medical community including many leading urologists and oncologists, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently issued its final recommendation against screening asymptomatic men for prostate cancer using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.  (An earlier 2008 recommendation had advised against screening men over the age more »

New Developments in Prostate Cancer Biomarkers.

Two articles discussing the development of new genetic tests which could potentially be used to detect and determine aggressive prostate cancers were published in the May 2nd and May 15th  issues of the Zerohour Newsletter of the Project to End Prostate Cancer. The biggest problem facing men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer is to determine whether the more »

A Vitamin D – Prostate Cancer Connection and Other News.

There has been much discussion concerning the role of blood vitamin D levels and its metabolism and their relationship to prostate cancer. A study examining this relationship published in the April 12th issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that men with the highest plasma levels of vitamin D “were 57% less likely to develop a lethal form of more », a Website for Wives and Family Members of Men With Prostate Cancer.

Recently I was contacted by a woman whose husband had been diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 49.  He underwent a radical prostatectomy and subsequent radiation therapy. Their experience led to the generation of the website, with its specific focus to wives, partners and family members of prostate cancer patients. I recommend this more »

A New Urine-Based PC Assay, Clinical Trials Providing Earlier Access to New Therapies and Other News from February-March, 2012.

It has been a month since I last updated this website and there have been significant news items which are summarized below. 1) FDA Approves a PCA3 Urine-Based Assay for Prostate Cancer that Could Reduce Unnecessary Prostate Biopsies.  On February 15th, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a urine-based molecular diagnostic test that more »

Positive Treatment Developments from Three Sources.

  At the Feb. 2nd-4th, 2012 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), positive results were presented for two different prostate cancer treatments both currently under late stage Phase III clinical development. The positive results led to the studies being stopped earlier than anticipated.  These two drugs, radium-223 chloride (Alpharadin) and MDV3100 were more »

Robotic-Assisted Prostatectomy May Not Reduce Surgical Side Effects.

Currently, four out of five prostatectomies are performed laparoscopically using robotic technology. It was hoped that such surgical techniques would demonstrate clear benefits such as fewer side effects when compared to the traditional open radical prostatectomy. A recent article appearing in the January 10th, 2012 issue of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Bulletin concluded more »

How to Handle Anxiety.

I try to read a devotional from the Bible daily. Yesterday I read a portion which could apply to anyone with prostate cancer or any other stress-inducing condition. The Old Testament book of Jeremiah 17 :verses 7-8 state as follows. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust IS the Lord. more »

Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) Insights – must reading.

The Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) publishes a newsletter called “PCRI Insights” to which I strongly suggest an on-line subscription. The last issue I received was the November issue. The general website for the PCRI is It is also listed in the Medical Resources section of this website. The November issue (Vol. 14, No. 4) more »

Perfect Peace

There are always moments in the life of a man who has prostate cancer when peace of mind is in short supply. Personally, I experience times of anxiety as My Story in this website reveals. But God has something very special to say to us about His gift of peace. Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet, more »