This post is a bit out of the ordinary but I first want to thank all of you who read this website. As many of you know, anyone can subscribe to automatically receive the blogs by e mail as they are posted by entering an e mail address on the right side of the home more »
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I received an e mail describing a host of cancer-fighting recipies for every meal. They include breakfast, dinners, side dishes, snacks and beverages. This comes from a site called health, hope and inspiration. For the recipies, see the following link.
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 »
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 »
Age. In general, a normal PSA range for men in their 40’s is 0-2.5 ng/mL; men in their 50’s, 0-4 ng/mL; 60’s, 0-4.5 ng/mL; and 70’s, 0-6.5 ng/mL. Ethnicity may shift these values slightly as well. Prostate size. A man with a larger-than-normal prostate gland may have a higher PSA level. A digital rectal exam more »
This website has been active for some years now and it is about time for an update of the site in general as well as indiviudual posts. The first change we have made is that all of the hundreds of posts have been separated into one of the following categories: 1) General Patient Information; 2) more »
The Prostate Cancer Foundation recently published a comprehensive patient guide. I may have sent this post before but if not see the following link.
I recently came across an excellent review on the pros and cons of prostate cancer surgery as published by the Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI). I am linking the review. If you are contemplating surgery, please read it and discuss it with your surgeon. You might also want to verify the opinions expressed in this more »
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 »
The Prostate Cancer Foundation recently published a 32-page guide containing diet recommendations for men living with prostate cancer. There is considerable discussion on plant-based foods, dietary fats, sugar, beverages and nutrients. See the following link for the guide.
I personally know of two Vietnam era veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during their military service; both contracted prostate cancer. Hence it was of interest that I read the following linked article from the Prostate Cancer Foundation describing long over-due efforts to study and determine the best prostate cancer diagnostic (as to aggressiveness) more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, antioxidants play a role in the fight against cell damage and cancer development. Consuming them is highly recommended for men with prostate cancer. Different types of antioxidants can be grouped by color. For example, antioxidants in red tomatoes are identical to those in red watermelons or pink grapefruits. Antioxidants more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered one of the reasons why broccoli may be good for your health. They found that sulforaphane, a dietary compound from broccoli that’s known to help prevent prostate cancer, may work through its influence on long, non-coding RNAs. This is another step forward in a compelling new area of more »