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COVID-19 Information for Prostate Cancer Patients

Many who have been affected by prostate cancer, or whose loved ones have been affected by prostate cancer, might be wondering if special precautions need to be taken with the coronavirus pandemic unfolding. We have always believed that evidence out of science and research are the best tools for solving patients’ problems, whether that’s cancer or public health emergencies. As such, we will do our best to use science to provide information and a steady hand in this tumultuous situation. Scientists know that the coronavirus (aka COVID-19 COrona VIrus Disease 2019) can affect your immune system, although we are still learning more. Based on recent data as reported in the journal The Lancet, it appears that the virus hits the immune system early [...]

2020-03-24T09:30:41-07:00March 24th, 2020|

Pilot study repurposes antidepressant to fight prostate cancer

An antidepressant in use for decades, repurposed to fight prostate cancer, shows promise in helping patients whose disease has returned following surgery or radiation, a pilot study at USC shows. The drug -- an MAO inhibitor called phenelzine -- represents a potential new treatment direction with fewer side effects for men with recurrent prostate cancer, researchers said. "To our knowledge, this study is the first clinical trial of an MAO inhibitor in cancer patients," said senior author Jean Shih, a University Professor in USC's School of Pharmacy who has studied the enzyme MAO, or monoamine oxidase, for four decades. The research appears in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases. "If our findings are confirmed, this could be part of a new avenue [...]

2020-03-10T12:53:09-07:00March 10th, 2020|

Understanding when to start prostate cancer screening

According to the latest research on prostate cancer prevention, it's important to be proactive and consult with a doctor to establish a prostate cancer screening schedule. The choice of screening options should make sense and take into consideration the personal risk factors and family history. Exactly when screening starts depends on a number of considerations, primarily based on statistics of prostate cancer and how it occurs among different population groups. Some important considerations include; Family history of prostate, ovarian, breast, colon, or pancreatic cancers among male and female relatives African ancestry Age Where a person lives Watch for These Signs More often than not, there are not fast and true warning signs for prostate cancer. That is because, an active prostate tumor usually [...]

2020-03-03T12:14:39-08:00March 3rd, 2020|

Study examines prostate cancer treatment decisions

5-year study examines common prostate cancer treatment options (See new HIFU study results at bottom of this article.) A five-year follow-up study of more than 2,000 U.S. men who received prostate cancer treatment is creating a road map for future patients regarding long-term bowel, bladder and sexual function in order to clarify expectations and enable men to make informed choices about care. The CEASAR (Comparative Effectiveness Analysis of Surgery and Radiation for Localized Prostate Cancer) study, coordinated by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is a multi-site research study conducting long-term followup on men who were diagnosed with localized prostate cancer between 2011 and 2012. The five-year results published in JAMA, with lead author Karen Hoffman, MD, MPH, from MD Anderson, provide evidence on outcomes with [...]

2020-02-18T10:25:52-08:00February 18th, 2020|

HIFU for prostate cancer shows excellent results in new study

Kia Michel, MD The 12th International Symposium on Focal Therapy and Imaging in Prostate and Kidney Cancer in Washington, D.C. featured Dr. Kia Michel, of Beverly Hills, Calif., who spoke on the outstanding data on focal HIFU outcomes for localized prostate cancer. Dr. Michel presented a poster on near-term HIFU outcomes based on his experience treating men with localized prostate cancer with the Sonablate. He presented that 78 men with prostate cancer underwent HIFU and were tracked post-treatment and re-biopsied at 12 months. He concluded that there was excellent disease control after HIFU ablation and most men were able to retain full urinary continence and erectile function levels equal to those pre-HIFU treatment. “I feel like it is important to report on [...]

2020-02-10T14:04:05-08:00February 10th, 2020|

Study reveals that being active has significant impact on prostate cancer risk

Prostate cancer is the number one cancer risk for men, as well as the No. 2 cancer killer behind lung cancer in the US, yet we still don't know all of its causes. The largest ever study to use genetics as a measurement for physical activity to look at its effect on prostate cancer, reveals that being more active reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Over 140,000 men were included in the study, of which, 80,000 had prostate cancer. This new study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in December, was led by the University of Bristol and co-funded by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and Cancer Research UK (CRUK). It found that people with the variation in their DNA sequence that [...]

2020-02-04T13:01:18-08:00February 4th, 2020|

Benefits of HIFU technology revealed in 3 studies and reports

Three articles have appeared in press since June 2018 based on clinical trials undertaken in the U.K., that highlight the medium to long-term durability of Sonablate treatments in the control of prostate cancer when used in the partial gland ablation setting.1,2,3  Across the three articles and a total of more than 1,800 men, salvage free survival (no need for a whole gland or systemic treatment) was greater than 90% out as far as 60 months.  This excellent disease control was accompanied by a pad-free incontinence rate of greater than 98% and maintenance of erectile function in more than 80% of men. An additional article based on Canadian experience produced roughly similar results. 14 Dr. Mark Carol, CEO of SonaCare Medical writes,“While few will [...]

2020-01-27T13:26:59-08:00January 27th, 2020|

Obesity and a high-fat diet promote prostate cancer progression

Metabolites from a fatty diet join forces with the cancer-driving gene MYC to reprogram prostate cancer cells to grow faster, finds new study. This discovery solidifies a direct link between obesity and lethal prostate cancer. At the 2016 Annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Conference, Giorgia Zadra, PhD, of the Harvard: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital, presented results from a study that helped to clarify the relationship between obesity and prostate cancer. The skinny? Fat increases the activity of a critical cancer-driving gene called MYC. Cancer is a greedy disease. Tumors plunder the body's resources - vitamins and nutrients, energy and oxygen, and vital space as tumors grow to ultimately cause lethal damage. Worst of all, cancer steals precious time away [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:22-08:00July 5th, 2016|

Mayo Clinic: Tips on Prostate cancer prevention

There's no proven prostate cancer prevention strategy. But one way to reduce the risk of prostate cancer is by making healthy choices, such as exercising and eating a healthy diet. Study results often conflict with each other and most studies aren't designed to definitively prove whether something prevents prostate cancer. As a result, no clear ways to prevent prostate cancer have emerged. In general, doctors recommend that men with an average risk of prostate cancer make choices that benefit their overall health if they're interested in prostate cancer prevention. Choose a healthy diet There is some evidence that choosing a healthy diet that's low in fat and full of fruits and vegetables may contribute to a lower risk of prostate cancer, though this hasn't been [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:22-08:00June 28th, 2016|

New Study: PSA levels in younger men might predict future risk of prostate cancer

Prostate cancer screening with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) has been shown to reduce death and the spread of prostate cancer to other parts of the body, but the PSA test remains highly controversial as it frequently leads to over diagnosis and over treatment of men who may not be at risk. Smarter screening strategies that can improve the accuracy of diagnosing lethal prostate cancer are urgently needed. Through a prospective study of US men, investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have found that measuring PSA levels in younger men (between the ages of 40 and 59) could accurately predict future risk of lethal prostate cancer later in life. Their findings suggest that screening PSA levels in men [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:22-08:00June 21st, 2016|