Dr. Michael Lazar

#1 New Year’s Resolution for Men: Get screened for prostate cancer

#1 New Year’s Resolution for Men: Get screened for prostate cancer   Santa Rosa urologist and prostate cancer expert Dr. Michael Lazar provides an overview of prostate cancer screening options; says early detection saves lives. “Knowing the many options for treating prostate cancer is something all men at risk of developing the disease need to be informed about,” says Dr. Lazar. “Most men know about the unpleasant side effects that go along with traditional models of prostate cancer treatment, including urinary incontinence, bowel and erectile dysfunction. But some of the newer treatment modalities such as HIFU (high-intensity focused ultrasound) can only be undertaken at the early stages, when damage to surrounding tissue can best be mitigated, and most side effects eliminated.” Why Early [...]

2018-12-26T07:42:24-07:00December 26th, 2018|

New test may significantly enhance prostate cancer evaluation

For men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer or patients previously treated, the risk of metastasis is a crucial determinant of whether to choose conservative management or undergo further treatment. For prostate as well as other cancers, primary tumor growth or spread is driven by amplifications or deletions of portions of the genome known as copy number alterations (CNAs). A report in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describes a new assay to assess CNAs that is cheaper, faster, reproducible, and requires less tissue than other diagnostic techniques and has the potential to significantly enhance prostate cancer evaluation. Metastases occur in approximately 16 percent of prostate cancers and account for 8 percent of all male cancer deaths. Accurate prediction at the time of diagnosis can identify [...]

2018-12-18T08:37:55-07:00December 18th, 2018|

New study looks to determine type of prostate cancer — dangerous or manageable

Scientists at the University of York have found a way of distinguishing between fatal prostate cancer and manageable cancer, which could reduce unnecessary surgeries and radiotherapy. A recent study showed that more than 25 men were being unnecessarily treated with surgery or radiotherapy, for every single life saved. It is believed that success rates could be hindered as a result of treating all prostate cancers in the same way. A team at the University of York and the University of British Columbia, Canada, however, have designed a test that can pick out life-threatening prostate cancers, with up to 92% accuracy. Professor Norman Maitland, from the University of York's Department of Biology, said: "Unnecessary prostate treatment has both physical consequences for patients and their families, [...]

2018-11-20T07:52:53-07:00November 20th, 2018|

Scientists take step towards identifying management of prostate cancers

Scientists at the University of York have found a way of distinguishing between fatal prostate cancer and manageable cancer, which could reduce unnecessary surgeries and radiotherapy. A recent study showed that more than 25 men were being unnecessarily treated with surgery or radiotherapy, for every single life saved. It is believed that success rates could be hindered as a result of treating all prostate cancers in the same way. A team at the University of York and the University of British Columbia, Canada, however, have designed a test that can pick out life-threatening prostate cancers, with up to 92% accuracy. Professor Norman Maitland, from the University of York's Department of Biology, said: "Unnecessary prostate treatment has both physical consequences for patients and their families, [...]

2018-11-06T07:32:36-07:00October 23rd, 2018|

Scientists discover hormone therapy’s impact on prostate cancer

Scientists at Cedars-Sinai have discovered how prostate cancer can sometimes withstand and outwit a standard hormone therapy, causing the cancer to spread. Their findings also point to a simple blood test that may help doctors predict when this type of hormone therapy resistance will occur. Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men, behind lung cancer, killing nearly 30,000 in the U.S. each year, according to the American Cancer Society. In its early stages, the most common type, adenocarcinoma, is curable and generally responds well to therapies, including those that target androgen -- a male sex hormone that stimulates tumor growth. However, in certain patients, the cancer becomes resistant to androgen-targeted therapy, and the cancer recurs or spreads. One possible reason [...]

2018-09-11T09:01:12-07:00September 11th, 2018|

Eat by 9 p.m. to stave off prostate cancer say researchers

Having an early supper or leaving an interval of at least two hours before going to bed are both associated with a lower risk of breast and prostate cancer. Specifically, people who take their evening meal before 9 pm or wait at least two hours before going to sleep have an approximate 20% lower risk of those types of cancer compared to people who have supper after 10pm or those who eat and go to bed very close afterwards, respectively. These were the main conclusions of a new study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a center supported by the "la Caixa" Banking Foundation. The study is the first to analyses the association between cancer risk and the timing of meals and [...]

2018-08-07T11:46:52-07:00August 7th, 2018|

Dr. Michael Lazar New Radio Interview on Here’s to Your Health

HIFU is an FDA approved precise and targeted therapy that reduces the risk of complications caused by surgery and radiation. HIFU uses ultrasound energy, or sound waves, to heat and destroy specifically targeted areas of tissue. During HIFU, the sound waves pass through healthy tissue without causing damage. However, at the focal point of the sound waves (like a magnifying glass focusing the rays of the sun to burn a leaf), the tissue temperature is raised to 90 degrees Celsius, destroying the targeted tissue. Men treated with HIFU wake up and go home without pain or bleeding.  They are able to travel the same day, drive the next day, and resume normal activities within a few days.  Those with office based jobs [...]

2018-08-01T08:23:00-07:00August 1st, 2018|

New Study Shows HIFU for Prostate Cancer Yields Excellent Cancer Control

New 5-Year Sonablate® Study Shows Focal HIFU for Prostate Cancer Yields Excellent Cancer Control with Minimal Side Effects HIFU Prostate Services, the largest provider of HIFU Services in US is pleased to announce an Extensive Multicenter Research Study that Demonstrates Sonablate® HIFU Outcomes are Equivalent to Surgery While Maintaining Urinary Continence and Erectile Function Charlotte, N.C. (July 6, 2018) – A 5-year multicenter study following focal therapy for prostate cancer, with the Sonablate HIFU technology, has been published and shows it is possible to achieve whole-gland equivalent cancer control rates without the side effects seen with whole gland treatments. The data demonstrated that focal Sonablate HIFU, or High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, has achieved success rates similar to more traditional prostate cancer surgical procedures [...]

2018-07-24T09:52:11-07:00July 17th, 2018|

Global health insurance company Cigna covers HIFU

Dr. Michael Lazar performing first HIFU surgery on the West Coast at San Francisco Surgery Center --> Cigna, a a global health insurance service company based in the US, announced earlier this year that patients in the United States who have localized radio-recurrent prostate cancer are potentially eligible for insurance coverage for HIFU treatment. In other words, if a man was diagnosed with localized prostate cancer and then had radiation therapy then had the cancer return to the prostate and was diagnosed with localized recurrent prostate cancer, he may be eligible for coverage for having HIFU as a salvage option. It is important to note that coverage is policy specific so it may vary depending on the policy.  More information is available from Cigna [...]

2018-06-19T14:59:20-07:00June 19th, 2018|

It’s Men’s Health Month – A Focus on Prostate Cancer Prevention

Is prostate cancer prevention possible? Urologist and prostate cancer specialist Dr. Michael Lazar talks about prevention and options for maintaining health after a cancer diagnosis. June is Men’s Health Month and the focus is on prostate cancer. Second only to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the U.S. and the third most common cause of cancer related death today; lung cancer remains in the number one spot. Currently it is estimated that one man in seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Those at highest risk are men who have a family history of prostate cancer and black men, who are more than twice as likely to die from the disease as any other group. [...]

2018-06-12T07:40:41-07:00June 12th, 2018|