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No “home run” for proton radiation–at least not yet
A clinical trial of proton radiation for early prostate cancer found that the treatment is safe and well-tolerated by patients, but probably no better than other, less expensive forms of radiation.
Diabetes inversely related to prostate cancer risk
Two studies conclude that men with diabetes have a lower risk of prostate cancer than nondiabetics, suggesting a potential biological link between the conditions.
Safety concerns prompt labeling change on testosterone gels
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
Canadian researchers report in 2009 that these supplements offer no benefit in terms of prostate cancer prevention.
What is a “PSA bounce?”
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?
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.
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?
Pomegranate juice may slow prostate cancer progression
Drinking 8 ounces of pomegranate juice a day may slow disease progression, as measured by PSA.
Avoiding complications of anti-androgens: A patient’s story
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.
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