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  • Anxiety May Influence Prostate Cancer Treatment Decisions, Researchers Say

    Men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer may let their emotions rule their treatment decisions. That’s the finding of a recent study that looked into a potential link between anxiety and the path men choose for addressing prostate cancer. The study in question involved more than 1,500 men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer. The majority of study subjects had low-risk...

  • Salvage Radiotherapy Can Reduce Risk of Prostate Cancer Metastasis

    Making the decision to undergo salvage radiotherapy when PSA levels rise even modestly after radical prostatectomy can help reduce the risks of prostate cancer metastasis significantly. That’s the finding of a recent study that looked at the benefits of more immediate intervention when PSA levels rise post-surgery. The study in question involved more than 1,100 men who had detectable PSA...

  • Prostate-Specific Antigen Test Recommendations Based on Flawed Data

    As controversy continues to swirl around a recent change in prostate cancer screening for men, a new evaluation has found the data used to back the alteration of screening guidance was based on flawed data. The Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovary (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial found that there was no real survival benefit related to the PSA test. With...

  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Shows High Cure Rate

    Men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer that demands intervention to increase survival changes may find a relatively new form of radiation offers the hope they’re after. Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, or SBRT for short, has been shown to have a 98 percent cure rate in patients who are treated with this option. SBRT involves the use of specialized external...

  • Can Eating Right Lower Prostate Cancer Risks?

    With more than 180,000 American men likely to face down a diagnosis of prostate cancer in the coming year, many of those at risk seek out ways to drop their personal exposure to this disease. While many of the risk factors for prostate cancer are not changeable, studies are showing there are some steps men can take to lower...

  • Hormone Therapy and Prostate Cancer: Understanding its Use

    Men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer may find their healthcare providers recommending a treatment known as androgen deprivation therapy. This hormonal treatment is meant to reduce the levels of male hormones in the body. These hormones, also called androgens, are specifically targeted to prevent them from affecting prostate cancer cells. Androgens are known to stimulate the growth of prostate...

  • How is Prostate Cancer Diagnosed?

    Prostate cancer is among the most commonly diagnosed forms of cancer among American males. An estimated 180,000 American men, in fact, will be diagnosed with it in the coming year. A concern for all males as they age, this particular form of cancer can often be successfully treated if it is caught in its earliest stages. Prostate cancer can be...

  • Gene Defect May Offer Insights for Targeted Prostate Cancer Treatments

    A particular gene found in many prostate cancer tumors may provide valuable insights in regard to treatment options. The gene, called CHD1, is mutated in up to 27 percent of all prostate cancer tumors. The loss of CHD1 has been shown to sensitize prostate cancer cells to particular drugs, including PARP inhibitors, a recent study found. The findings may...

  • New Method Helps Identify High-Risk Prostate Cancer

    Many of the nearly 200,000 American men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year will find their cancer is considered low-risk. Often slow growing, this type of prostate cancer is typically considered so non-aggressive that some men may find their doctors suggesting a treatment method known as active surveillance. This involves careful monitoring of the tumor, but...

  • Can Radiation Make a Difference in Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer?

    Men who are diagnosed with more advanced cases of prostate cancer may find their treatment options limited. One choice, however, can produce positive results while improving outcomes. Radiation therapy can and does play a very big role in the treatment of more advanced cases of this disease. When used in conjunction with other therapies, such as androgen-deprivation therapy, the...