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November News Items: 1) Watchful-Waiting; 2) New drug TAK-700; 3) Use of Cryotherapy After Failure of Radiation or Brachytherapy.

1) The November 16th, 2011 issue of the Newsletter from Zero-The Project to End Prostate Cancer, published an interesting article from the New York Times entitled “A  Watch-and-Wait Prostate Cancer Treatment.”  The article focused on the PSA screening and subsequent actions that a man over the age of 70 can take to keep his prostate more »

URGENT ACTION NEEDED! Government Proposes Elimination of Prostate Cancer Testing. Does PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer Save Lives?

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel appointed by the Federal cabinet-level Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is preparing a recommendation which would eliminate prostate cancer testing (PSA) for all men. The rationale cited by the government panel is that there is moderate or high certainty that PSA testing more »

NewsPulse, a Medical Resource from the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Biomarkers in Urine for the Detection of Prostate Cancer.

Sources of current medical information concerning prostate cancer are listed on this website under the section Medical Resources.  Recently, a new August 2011 electronic newsletter entitled NewsPulse was received from the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The issue contained very current information on specific diagnostic methods, biomarkers for cancer detection, targeted therapies and drugs under development, nutrition and more »

Information from Johns Hopkins: a) Use of Immunotherapies (Provenge, Prostvac) Against Prostate Cancer; and, b) Gleason Scores.

Provenge (sipuleucel-T) was the first approved prostate cancer therapy which uses a person’s immune system to fight the disease.  Its approval was limited to men with advanced prostate cancer who have not responded to other treatments like hormonal (androgen deprivation) therapy and are experiencing few or no symptoms. Cost and supply remain significant issues hindering more »

Countering Weight Gain as a Result of Hormonal Therapy.

Benefits and risks accompany virtually every method of treatment. Hormonal therapy for prostate cancer is no exception. Potential risks include osteoporosis and bone fractures, cardiac effects, diabetes, depression, hot flashes and metabolic changes resulting in weight gain. (These issues are discussed on this website under “My Story”, 2009 entries of July 5th-27th, September 29th, October more »

Avodart (dutasteride) used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) may slow the growth of early-stage prostate cancer

A recent study presented on Feb. 17-19th  at the 2011 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in Orlando, FL by researchers from the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada concluded that for men who are undergoing “watchful-waiting” for prostate cancer, Avodart could help control the disease and prevent the need for more aggressive treatments. “Watchful waiting,” or active-surveillance more »

Colon cancer-a side effect of hormonal therapy.

A recent study published in the November 10th issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported that prostate cancer hormone treatments may raise the risk of colorectal cancer.  Lowering the male sex hormones by treatment with gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists (hormonal therapy) or surgical removal of the testicles to lower testosterone and PSA levels led more »