Mutations in DNA-repair genes, including the breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, are involved in an inherited high risk of prostate cancer and, potentially, the risk of an aggressive cancer, according to researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington. The study, “Inherited DNA -Repair Gene Mutations in Men with Metastatic Prostate Cancer” published in The more »
In an article published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (2016, Jan. 25), researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) document an association between higher serum levels of vitamin D and an increased chance of surviving prostate cancer. The current investigation included 1,000 participants in the more »
Prostate cancer patients who undergo radiation treatment, especially brachytherapy, are at increased relative risk of bladder cancer according to new study findings presented at the American Urological Association 2016 annual meeting by researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. This increased relative risk occurs predominantly after 10 years. Bladder tumors found in more »
I have written quite a few blogs on this website the purpose of which was to encourage men with prostate cancer. Personally at the time I wrote them, I found them to be an encouragement to me as well. However, at this moment in time, I find myself in the role of “encouragee” as opposed more »
Zero, the Project to End Prostate Cancer, is sponsoring a videocast on July 13th from 3-4 PM. The video conference will discuss various treatment options for treating localized prostate cancer. These include surgery, external radiation, brachytherapy, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), cryotherapy, active surveillance and other options. The speakers are Dr. Kelvin Moses from Vanderbilt University more »
An April 4th, 2011 website post described two studies from Johns Hopkins and UCLA which concluded that pomegranate extract increased PSA doubling time (PSADT) in men with prostate cancer. Recently, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has updated its information from human studies of pomegranate extract. In a study reported in 2006, researchers observed the effects more »
Several positron emission tomography (PET) scans (including C-11 choline and acetate PET scans) exist whose purpose is to detect the location of recurrent prostate cancer when the PSA is at low levels. Within the last few days, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved another scan using an injected radioactive agent called Axumin. The following more »
In a very informative seven minute video clip recently posted on Prostate Cancer News Today, Dr. Alicia K. Morgans, an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the subject of hematology and oncology, at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center discusses prostate cancer and bone metastasis. She discusses what these diseases entail, how they spread, where in the body they spread, more »
Prostate Cancer News Today is a weekly e mail from Bayer Healthcare that contains 3-4 articles referencing various aspects of prostate cancer. An e mail received May 16th, 2016 contained an article called “Finding Out About Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials.” The article was one of the best references I have seen to provide information about more »
On Friday May 13th, I posted this most important blog. However, when I received the e mail version by subscription, I saw it was impossible to read. Therefore, I am re-sending it hopeful that it can be read as an e mail as well as on the website. I apologize as I am not very more »
The good news according to Johns Hopkins urologists, including Drs. Patrick Walsh, Mario Eisenberger and Alan Partin among others, is that there is no need to panic if your PSA levels begin to rise after surgical prostate removal. You may not have to do anything for years. Hopkins doctors have developed guidelines to help doctors more »
The word “prostate cancer” evokes anxiety and often fear in every man with whom I have ever spoken. “Is my PSA value normal?” “Do I need a prostate biopsy?” If cancer is detected, what can be done to rid me of it?” “If I have metastatic cancer, what is my life expectancy?” All these questions more »
A Northwestern University study of 190 men of median age 64 having their prostate removed found those with low vitamin D levels were more likely to have rapidly growing tumors than those with normal levels of the “sunshine” vitamin. The study was published on-line in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The researchers found that nearly more »
Prostate Cancer News Today recently sent an e mail summarizing the twelve currently-approved drug treatments for prostate cancer. Rather than reproducing the list here, I am providing a link to the article.
After writing the somewhat depressing April 13th blog, I had to add some personal words of encouragement which appear in bold type at the end of the linked revised post. If you have already read the un-edited April 13th blog, please go back and read the revised personal notes at the end of this link.
A large study (see the Cancer Network Oncology link) from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston suggests that men receiving testosterone-suppressing (hormone) therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer may be at increased risk of developing depression. The findings, published online April 11th in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, are based on Medicare more »
While the average age of prostate cancer diagnosis is 66, rates are rising in men age 55 and younger. In my own case, I was initially diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 54, which is now over twenty years ago. Here are a few things to consider about screening, treatment and prevention. 1) more »
An excellent review by Dr. Jonathan Epstein of Johns Hopkins was just published in the Prostate Cancer Research Institute Insights. Please see the entire link for the questions and answers from Dr. Epstein.
The following comes from the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF). Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is one of the most well-studied antioxidants in the fight against prostate cancer. Recent research suggests that lycopene may inhibit prostate cancer growth and development of metastases. Cooking tomatoes and consuming them with healthy fats (such as olive oil) increases more »
Since I personally have recurrent but asymptomatic prostate cancer, I have my PSA checked every four months. Thinking back to similar experiences over the past twenty years, this regular PSA testing usually was accompanied by some degree of anxiety, fear and pleas to God that the results would be positive. While some degree of apprehension more »