Archive for May, 2012

New Comparison of Prostatectomy Methods

A new survey of results in the U.S. looked at open vs robotic prostatectomy and found fewer short term complications with the robotic approach. These included a slightly lower risk of blood transfusions and a slightly lower risk of intra-operative complications. There is no new information about long term cancer control, impotence or incontinence rates. […]

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Combining External Radiation and Brachytherapy: More Harm Than Good

Combining external radiation and seed implantation is used by many doctors to treat localized prostate cancer. Unfortunately, no study has ever demonstrated this combination was better than either therapy alone. Now a recent study shows the harms of this treatment without improving results. For men with low risk disease, there is no reason to consider […]

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Latest Information About Active Surveillance for Localized Disease

A recent conference occurred in which the status of active surveillance was reviewed. All men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer should be aware of this information before choosing their therapy because the current consensus is that too many men are receiving unnecessary treatment for this disease. (Reviewed May, 2012) Click here to see the video […]

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Benefit of Provenge for Progressive Metastatic Prostate Cancer Challenged

A recent report questioned whether Provenge is really beneficial for men with progressive, asymmptomatic or minimally symptomatic metastatic disease. This was not based on any new studies, however, and the FDA and other experts have pointed out the flaws in this article as discussed in the video. The bottom line for patients is also reviewed.

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Eating and Exercise Recommendations for Cancer Patients

A recent report (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/caac.21142/full) summarizes the latest recommendations for people with cancer in terms of what they should eat and avoid and what kind of exercise they can do to help improve their well being. Not enough men with prostate cancer are following this advice but it is never too late to do things that […]

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Is Proton Therapy Really Worthwhile?

A recent commentary was made by the Radiological Society about the value of Proton Therapy for Localized prostate cancer. They cited two recent studies in support of this treatment but neither of them offers very good proof that the treatment works as discussed in this video. The bottom line is that no study has shown […]

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New Study of High Intensity Focused Ultrasound for Localized Disease

A large prospective study from Canada was recently reported for men receiving HIFU. The follow-up has been short and the results and status of this treatment are discussed in the accompanying video.

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