Archive for September, 2009

What if I have prostate cancer and lymphoma?

There’s no one correct course of action. In general, experts recommend first treating whichever condition is worse.

Am I too old to have prostate surgery?

A radical prostatectomy is a major operation that can lead to serious complications. If a man is older than 75, his doctor may not want to operate on him.

Do I need to use condoms after prostate surgery?

Harvey B. Simon, M.D.

Editor, Harvard Health

Yes. Even if a man doesn’t ejaculate, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can still be passed from one partner to another during sexual activity.

Experimental therapies for prostate cancer

Androgen deprivation, whether through surgical removal of the testicles or with medication, is an effective treatment for recurring prostate cancer — at least for a while. An improved understanding of the biology of prostate cancer has led to the development of two drugs that might slow disease progression in prostate cancer patients whose disease no longer responds to androgen deprivation.

Stress and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

Some evidence suggests that stress reduction may ease symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

Can radiation therapy combat a rising PSA after surgery?

I had a radical prostatectomy a year ago and thought I was cured. But now my PSA is rising rapidly, a sign that the cancer is back. Might radiation therapy help?

Can hormone therapy cause muscle loss?

Marc B. Garnick, M.D.

Editor in Chief, HarvardProstateKnowledge.org

I am currently undergoing hormone therapy with leuprolide (Lupron) injections to shrink an enlarged prostate. I believe I’ve noticed some muscle loss. Is this possible?

Botox for BPH?

It may sound like a promising approach, but there’s a lot we don’t know about using Botox to treat an enlarged prostate.