Prostate Cancer

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+00:00 July 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 21st, 2016|

California HIFU and Dr. Michael Lazar Recognizes Men’s Health Month With a Look at Prostate Cancer

California HIFU and Dr. Michael Lazar are helping to recognize Men’s Health Month by providing some valuable information and resources for men on Prostate Cancer. The idea behind Men's Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems like prostate cancer, and to encourage early detection and treatment. Dr. Lazar and his staff are proud to be early leaders in the usage of HIFU, a medical procedure that applies high-intensity focused ultrasound energy to locally heat and destroy diseased or damaged tissue with prostate cancer through ablation. Informed Decision Making According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) it is important for men to be aware of prostate cancer risks and to make informed decisions. This happens best when a man— [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:22+00:00 June 14th, 2016|

Focal Therapy For Prostate Cancer

 Focal therapy, often referred to as a “male lumpectomy,” is a general term for a variety of noninvasive techniques for destroying small tumors inside the prostate while leaving the gland intact and sparing most of its normal tissue As technology has advanced, physicians now have the ability to diagnose patients with prostate cancer earlier which means that often times tumors within the prostate are small and contained to the prostate. Advanced imaging techniques, allow doctors to pinpoint exactly where the tumor within the prostate is located using multi-parametric MRI and UroNav fusion biopsies, enabling them to target only the tumor within the prostate, leaving other tissue unharmed. Focal therapy is being studied all over the world because of the large potential for reducing side effects such as urinary [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:22+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|

Santa Rosa Urologist Dr. Michael Lazar is Making History with a Nonsurgical, Outpatient Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Dr. Lazar and his staff are proud to be early leaders in the usage of HIFU. High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) waves target cancer cells with precision in a one-to-four-hour procedure that has little or no side affects and a quick recovery rate, giving those diagnosed with prostate cancer another choice over surgery or radiation. HIFU has been used in other countries for years, and Dr. Lazar has been instrumental in bringing this innovative treatment to the United States. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last October, and he has since been performing the procedure at San Francisco Surgery Center for patients who travel from across the country to receive this leading edge treatment. “The oncological results for HIFU are broadly [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:23+00:00 April 26th, 2016|

Prostate cancer treatment which avoids harming sexual performance soon available on NHS

A revolutionary prostate cancer treatment which avoids harming men’s sexual performance could soon be available on the NHS. High Intensity Focused Ultrasound kills the tumour with heat without damaging healthy tissue around it. In an NHS trial led by University College Hospital, London, 625 men were treated. After five years 93% were cancer-free. Only 15% had erectile problems compared with 30 to 60% following surgery. The results were revealed to the European Association of Urology in Munich.   Read the full story ...

2016-09-23T11:30:37+00:00 April 5th, 2016|

Prostate cancer targeted with ultrasound ‘could transform treatment’

The study - on the effectiveness of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to treat men with localized prostate cancer - featured at the European Association of Urology Congress (EAU16) in Munich, Germany, March 11-15, 2016. Led by University College Hospital (UCH) in London, UK, the study followed 625 men between 2004-2015, who were treated in the UK and who had localized, non-metastatic tumors; the tumors were in one part of the prostate and had not spread beyond the gland. Hashim Ahmed, a consultant urological surgeon at UCH, told the meeting that 93% of patients who underwent HIFU alone to remove their prostate tumor were still cancer-free and did not need any surgery or radiotherapy 5 years after treatment. The results follow those of an earlier study [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:23+00:00 March 29th, 2016|

Best-selling Author John Grisham Turns HIFU Advocate

John Grisham Turns Promoter for Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Takes a break from legal thrillers to tout HIFU's benefits Best-selling author John Grisham has a side job. When the legal thriller writer is taking a break from stories of tort reform and multi-million dollar trials, or of small town justice gone awry and blackmailed jurors -- or any of the other legal topics he's covered in the roughly one book a year he's written since 1988 -- he thinks about high-intensity focused ultrasound. Or rather, he's busy raising money and awareness for the technology as part of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, where he sits on the board. He "still doesn't understand the technology" behind focused ultrasound, he said in a recent TEDx Talk in Charlottesville, Va., [...]

2016-09-23T11:40:42+00:00 March 1st, 2016|

Minimally Invasive Prostate Cancer Treatment HIFU Now Available in the U.S.

After much anticipation the FDA has finally approved for market in the United States the Sonablate® for the ablation of prostate tissue. Sonablate® is the first High Intensity Therapeutic Ultrasound (HITU) device to receive FDA regulatory authorization for prostate tissue ablation. HIFU offers an effective treatment for localized prostate cancer with significantly less risk of common side effects, such as impotence and incontinence which are typically reported with surgery and radiation. HIFU Prostate Services, LLC (HPS) is a leading provider of minimally-invasive prostate cancer treatments using High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). Newly appointed HPS Medical Director Michael J. Lazar, MD is set to provide medical guidance and proctoring to new physicians who will now be trained on the Sonacare® HIFU system in surgery centers around [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:55+00:00 November 12th, 2015|