Archive for September, 2009

Pomegranate juice may slow prostate cancer progression

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Drinking 8 ounces of pomegranate juice a day may slow disease progression, as measured by PSA.

Diabetes inversely related to prostate cancer risk

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Two studies conclude that men with diabetes have a lower risk of prostate cancer than nondiabetics, suggesting a potential biological link between the conditions.

Second BPH drug reduces prostate cancer risk

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Like finasteride (Proscar), dutasteride (Avodart), a drug used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), may also reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Safety concerns prompt labeling change on testosterone gels

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Manufacturers of testosterone gel products must add a boxed warning on the products about adverse effects.

Vitamin E-selenium-soy combo doesn’t prevent prostate cancer

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Canadian researchers report in 2009 that these supplements offer no benefit in terms of prostate cancer prevention.

What is a “PSA bounce?”

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

I had brachytherapy to treat my prostate cancer and my PSA had dropped to 0.3 ng/ml. But six months ago, my PSA had gone up to 0.5, and now it’s up to 0.8 ng/ml. I’m worried that the cancer is back; my doctor said it could be a “PSA bounce.” What’s that?

Does frequent ejaculation help ward off prostate cancer?

Marc B. Garnick, M.D.

Editor in Chief, HarvardProstateKnowledge.org

Studies

Can a vasectomy increase prostate cancer risk?

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Experts conclude that there is no association between vasectomy and prostate cancer risk.

What’s the downside to a biopsy?

Harvey B. Simon, M.D.

Editor, Harvard Health

Even if my father takes antibiotics beforehand, could he develop a serious infection when he has a prostate biopsy later this year? Are there other possible complications we should be on the lookout for?

How soon can I bike after a biopsy?

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

I am an avid bicyclist, and I am having a prostate biopsy in a few weeks. How long do I need to wait after the biopsy before I can start biking again?