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Managing Cancer Pain; Are Better Approaches on the Horizon?

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) publishes an e mail blog entitited Current Contents to which one can subscribe. On January 23rd, their blog focused on non-opiod methods of managing cancer pain (see below).  Pain is a common and much-feared symptom among people being treated for cancer and long-term more »

Excellent Informative Prostate Cancer Videos on Several Subjects

The Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) has produced several short videos covering many aspects of the disease including, imunotherapy, brachytherapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), sexual disfunction, testosterone levels, and more. The speakers include Dr. Mark Moyad, Dr. Eugene Kwon from the Mayo Clinic and others. It is my understanding that such videos will become available more »

A Prostate Cancer Toolkit for Newly Diagnosed Men and Their Families.

Zero-the Project to End Prostate Cancer recently published an e mail manual for men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and for their families. It can be found at the following link.  Topics include prostate cancer basics, methods used in its diagnosis including genomic testing, interpretation of test results, choosing the right health care professionals and more »

Prostate Cancer Patient Guide Manual – Must Reading

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) recently published (November 2017) an electronic patient guide which can be downloaded to your computer or obtained as a hard copy. Main topics include: 1) You and Prostate Cancer – General Information -Medical Basics; 2) For the Newly Diagnosed; 3) Treatment Options for Localized or Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer; more »

Everything You Need to Know About the PSA Test from the National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute (NCI, the largest of the institutes of the National Institutes of Health, NIH) recently published an excellent fact sheet describing many aspects related to prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing. Specific subjects addressed include: a) what is the PSA test? b) Is the PSA test recommended for prostate cancer screening? c) What is a more »

Osteoporosis Therapies Like Prolia Improve Bone Health in Prostate Cancer Patients

Decreasing bone mineral density (BMD) is also an undesirable side effect of androgen deprivation (hormonal) therapy (ADT). The therapy is associated with many potential adverse effects, including significant bone loss and increased risk for low trauma or fragility fractures similar to that in persons with primary osteoporosis. A recent review of clinical trial results revealed that more »

Biomarker Test Could Reduce Unnecessary Biopsies to Detect Prostate Cancer

Testing for two biomarkers in urine may help some men avoid having to undergo an unnecessary biopsy to detect a suspected prostate cancer, findings from a new study show. In the NCI-supported study, researchers from Emory University in Atlanta and M.D. Anderson in Houston tested urine samples from men referred for a prostate biopsy for elevated more »

A Simplified Guide to the Immune System and How Immunotherapy Can Fight Prostate Cancer

The last post discussed the concept of vaccines for prostate cancer. The second part of the PCF trilogy is an overall simplified view of the immune system, including the various cell types and how they work under both normal and cancerous conditions. This section also describes checkpoint inhibitors and how they are being developed to more »

A Must-Read Cutting-Edge Review of Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer

I just received an e mail from the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) which consisted of a three-part review of immunotherapy as applied to prostate cancer. The review consists of three parts: a) Immunotherapy, a Vaccine for Prostate Cancer; b) Who’s Who in the Immune System; and c) Immunotherapy and Prostate Cancer. The review is so more »

Game-Changer: Newly Diagnosed with Metastatic Cancer and Have Not Had Hormone Therapy? Ask for Abiraterone (Zytiga).

It isn’t often that information on a “game-changing” treatment is published on four cancer websites. But such is the case herein from the National Institutes of Health MedLinePlus, Prostate Cancer Foundation, the June 12 issue of Prostate Cancer News Today and Reuters Health News. If you have just been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and your more »

A Concise Prostate Cancer Resource Starting With Early Detection and Screening.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation published a fairly comprehensive yet concise e mail resource describing various facets of prostate cancer beginning with early screening and detection. The reader is urged to spend some time perusing this article. There is so much information here that I am simply linking the article at this point. The initial portion more »

One Study Comparing Urinary and Sexual Outcomes for Robotic Prostatectomy Versus Brachytherapy.

 Men with low-risk prostate cancer have similar recurrence-free survival rates when treated with surgical robotic prostatectomy or brachytherapy, but those who received surgery had fewer urinary or sexual problems two years after treatment, a randomized trial in Italy has concluded. The study was recently published in the April 2017 issue of the Canadian Journal of Urology [Claudio et more »