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Prostate Health Archive
Forms of radiation therapy for prostate cancer
Here is a table that contains the many different radiation therapy options for prostate cancer. It includes who the ideal candidates are, recovery time, possible side effects, and the advantages/disadvantages for each.
A woman’s testosterone-based vaginal cream linked to elevated testosterone in her husband
A woman’s use of a testosterone-based vaginal cream may have contributed to a spike in her husband’s prostate-specific antigen and testosterone levels after he had his prostate removed to fight advanced prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer in second- and third-degree relatives elevates risk
Men are at greater risk for developing prostate cancer if their fathers or brothers also developed the disease. A new study shows that having second- or third-degree relatives with the disease also increases a man’s risk.
Are testosterone supplements linked to cardiovascular problems?
A growing number of aging men are trying to hold on to their youthful vigor by taking testosterone. Unsettling study results suggest that men with low but “normal” testosterone levels who take a testosterone supplement may be increasing their risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or developing heart disease.
Hormone therapy plus chemotherapy may boost survival in men with advanced prostate cancer
Combining a chemotherapy drug called docetaxel with hormone therapy (androgen-deprivation therapy) to treat advanced prostate cancer appears to work better than starting with hormone therapy and adding docetaxel later.
Study: Men with BRCA gene variant should have PSA tests
A study published in the journal European Urology suggests that men who have defects in a cancer-suppressing gene known as BRCA are at high risk for aggressive prostate tumors, and so could benefit from PSA testing.
FDA panel rejects high intensity focused ultrasound for early prostate cancer
An FDA advisory panel rejected a French company’s application to market high intensity focused ultrasound as a treatment for localized prostate cancer.
Hormone therapy does not improve survival for men with localized prostate cancer
In men with cancer that has spread beyond the prostate gland, radiation therapy plus hormone therapy can ease symptoms and improve survival. But some doctors give hormone therapy by itself to millions of men with localized tumors that haven’t spread beyond the prostate. A new study shows that this approach doesn’t help, and may hurt.
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