Archive for June, 2009

Avoiding complications of anti-androgens: A patient’s story

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Sixty-five-year-old George Lincoln* never suspected that anything was wrong. Aside from some of the typical side effects of hormone therapy for his prostate cancer, such as fatigue, occasional hot flashes, mild weight gain, and a loss of libido, he felt okay. He didn’t have abdominal pain, nausea, jaundice, or any other symptoms that might indicate a potentially life-threatening problem.

Testosterone supplementation after prostate cancer?

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

As men age, their testosterone production begins to slow. As men get into their 50s, 60s, and beyond, they may start to have signs and symptoms of low testosterone including reduced sex drive and sense of vitality, erectile dysfunction, decreased energy, lower muscle mass and bone density, and anemia. In some cases, supplemental testosterone may help. However, doctors disagree over the wisdom of prescribing testosterone to prostate cancer survivors.

When to test for prostate cancer: Finding a balance

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

A conversation with Fritz H. Schroder, M.D., the principal investigator of the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer

Positive surgical margins following radical prostatectomy

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Today, about 10% to 20% of patients who have their prostate surgically removed are told that they have positive surgical margins, meaning some cancer cells may have been left behind. In this roundtable discussion, three Harvard physicians discuss positive surgical margins what patients with positive margins should consider next.

Is health news helpful or just hype?

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Knowing the basics of scientific research and statistics can help you understand what medical studies really say

In the late 1990s, word that selenium and vitamin E might lower the risk of prostate cancer was reported by newspapers and magazines, broadcast on television and radio, and announced on Web sites. Eager to prevent the disease — and convinced that vitamins and minerals couldn’t be harmful — men around the world began taking the supplements.

Can prostate cancer be prevented?

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

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