Monthly Archives: August 2016

Understanding the prostate cancer diagnosis

A doctor typically diagnoses prostate cancer after closely examining biopsy cells through a microscope. There are several types of cells in the prostate, and each contributes in its own way to the prostate’s development, architecture, and function. But cancer cells look different than normal prostate cells. Pathologists look for these differences first to detect the presence of cancer and then to determine the cancer grade. Gleason Grading The Gleason grading system accounts for the five distinct patterns that prostate tumor cells tend to go through as they change from normal cells to tumor cells. The cells are scored on a scale from 1 to 5: “Low-grade” tumor cells (those closest to 1) tend to look very similar to normal cells. “High-grade” tumor cells (closest to [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:22+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|

Can prostate cancer be prevented?

National Cancer Institute offer these guidelines for the prevention of prostate cancer ... Cancer prevention is action taken to lower the chance of getting cancer. By preventing cancer, the number of new cases of cancer in a group or population is lowered. Hopefully, this will lower the number of deaths caused by cancer. To prevent new cancers from starting, scientists look at risk factors and protective factors. Anything that increases your chance of developing cancer is called a cancer risk factor; anything that decreases your chance of developing cancer is called a cancer protective factor. Some risk factors for cancer can be avoided, but many cannot. For example, both smoking and inheriting certain genes are risk factors for some types of cancer, but only smoking [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:22+00:00 August 16th, 2016|

How early can prostate cancer be detected?

Screening is testing to find cancer in people before they have symptoms. For some types of cancer, screening can help find cancers at an early stage, when they are likely to be easier to treat. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer can often be found before symptoms arise by testing the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in a man’s blood. Another way to find prostate cancer is the digital rectal exam (DRE), in which the doctor puts a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to feel the prostate gland. If the results of either one of these tests are abnormal, further testing is often done to see if a man has cancer. If prostate cancer is found as a result of screening with [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:22+00:00 August 9th, 2016|

California HIFU is the Right Choice for Prostate Cancer Treatment

For the past five years, Chris Lockheed’s PSA numbers had been going up. Then, last November, a biopsy revealed that he had two tumors on his prostate. Chris, 68, started doing research into what kind of options for treatment were available to him. When a radiation specialist in Rohnert Park told him about Dr. Michael Lazar and the HIFU procedure, he did more homework. He found that Dr. Lazar had done hundreds of these procedures in Puerto Vallarta, and the treatment was given FDA approval last October. “Dr. Lazar explained everything, and he’s done over 300 of the procedures, that’s why I went to him. I felt very confident. I looked at all of the choices and said ‘this is for me’.” In March, Chris, [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:22+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|