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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 »

My Presentation With Dr. Jacek Mostwin (Johns Hopkins) at the 5th Conference on Religion and Medicine, March 25th, 2017, Houston, Texas

A few months ago, my long-time Johns Hopkins urology surgeon, Dr. Jacek Mostwin, suggested that we prepare a joint presentation for the meeting cited above. I readily agreed. The annual conference on Religion and Medicine encourages physicians, care-givers and hospital pastoral staff to see their patients as more than data, results and medical information but more »

Men in Their 20’s and 30’s With a Specific Early Balding Pattern May Be at Higher Risk of Aggressive Prostate Cancer

When I come across a newsworthy article of interest, I usually summarize it on this post and link the reader to the entire article for more information. This is an exception as the original article from the Prostate Cancer Foundation (March 30th, 2017) contains specific visual and verbal information; hence I refer you to the more »

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 »