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Hormone therapy works best when combined with radiation for locally advanced prostate cancer

Men with locally advanced prostate cancer who combine hormone therapy with a course of radiation therapy tend to live longer than men who only take hormone therapy.

Targeted prostate biopsies better at detecting dangerous cancers

Standard biopsies of the prostate gland often miss potentially aggressive prostate cancer. Adding MRI images to standard biopsies improves the detection of prostate cancer.

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.

Vasectomy, prostate cancer link still uncertain

Although a long-term study has shown that men who had a vasectomy have a slightly increased risk of developed high-grade prostate cancer, not all experts believe that the link is real.

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.

Low vitamin D tied to aggressive prostate cancer

Prostate cancer tends to be more aggressive in men with low levels of vitamin D. Among African American men, low vitamin D is also linked to a higher risk of developing prostate cancer.

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