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Identifying Suitable Candidates for Active Surveillance in Prostate Cancer

This review is designed for physicians and patients who have access to multiparametric MRI technology available in several major health research institutions. A recent article by Drs. Peter Choyke and Stacy Loeb  (from the National Cancer Institute, NIH) in the journal Oncology and e mailed through the CancerNetwork provided a important summary of active surveillance, more »

Anxiety May Lead to Un-Necessary Prostate Cancer Treatments

 A new study published in the Journal of Urology suggests that anxiety may prompt prostate cancer patients to opt for potentially unnecessary treatments. The research included more than 1,500 men newly diagnosed with localized prostate cancer. They were more likely to choose surgery and radiation therapy than active surveillance. Active surveillance — also known as more »

A Short Informative Video on Clinical Trials from the Director of the National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) sponsors clinical trials related to many diseases and conditions including prostate cancer. (The National Cancer Institute, NCI, is the largest of all the institutes comprising NIH). The director of the NIH, Dr. Francis Collins recently discussed accessing information about these more »

A Great Review of Possible Treatments for Advanced Prostate Cancer

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) just published an e mail review entitled “When Treatment Stops Working, Blame Resistance.” It describes multiple ways of treating advanced prostate cancer including androgen receptor blockers such as enzalutamide and abiraterone, chemotherapy, targeted drugs such as PARP inhibitors (olaparib and rucaparib), immunotherapy including checkpoint inhibitors, bipolar hormonal therapy, SBRT radiation, more »

Hormonal (Testosterone Lowering) Therapy (ADT) Linked to Increased Dementia Risk for Prostate Cancer Patients.

It isn’t often that a research finding appears in 4-5 e mail or other  publications but such is the case herein.  Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine published a study entitled “Association Between Androgen Deprivation Therapy and the Risk of Dementia” in the journal Journal of the American Medical Association Oncology. They reported that men more »

Monitoring, Not Treatment, May be Better for Very Low-Risk Prostate Cancer Patients

In a study published online on Oct. 20th in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Oncology, more than 90 percent of men in Sweden who have very low-risk prostate cancer choose close monitoring rather than immediate treatment — and more American men should use that option, researchers say. In a study of nearly more »

Higher Vitamin D Levels Linked with Improved Prostate Cancer Survival

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 »

Bladder Cancer and Colorectal Cancer Risks Higher Following Prostate Radiotherapy

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 »

An Update on the Effect of Pomegranate on Prostate Cancer

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 »

Prostate Cancer and Bone Metastases; What You Should Know.

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 »

An Excellent Reference on Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials

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 »