Prostate Cancer

New PET scan targets copper in tumors to detect prostate cancer

An Italian study featured in the March issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine demonstrates that a novel nuclear medicine imaging agent targeting copper accumulation in tumors can detect prostate cancer recurrence early in patients with biochemical relapse (rising prostate-specific antigen [PSA] level). Copper tends to be more concentrated in tumors, making it a good imaging biomarker. For this study of 50 patients, researchers conducted PET/CT scans comparing the new imaging agent, copper-64 chloride (64CuCl2), with fluorine-18-choline (18F-Choline). Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) was also conducted. In addition to calculating the detection rate of each imaging modality, the biodistribution, kinetics of the lesions and radiation dosimetry of 64CuCl2 were evaluated. "This is the first time this novel agent has been compared with 18F-Choline-PET/CT in a considerable number of prostate [...]

2018-03-06T07:35:43+00:00 March 6th, 2018|

New roadmap developed to genetically test for hereditary prostate cancer

A roadmap to help identify which men and their families may benefit from genetic evaluation for inherited prostate cancer has been developed by a team of researchers. To date, there have been few recommendations to guide physicians about when to offer men genetic consultation for prostate cancer risk. Now, an international and inter-specialty panel of experts convened at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) at Thomas Jefferson University have developed a comprehensive set of recommendations. This consensus statement, published December 13th in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, will help physicians and stakeholders make sense of a rapidly evolving field of practice. "There is increasing recognition that some prostate cancers can be inherited. Genetic testing could provide men and their families with information about cancer [...]

2018-01-09T08:50:54+00:00 January 9th, 2018|

CMS Announces Increase To ASC Payment For HIFU Prostate Ablation

SonaCare Medical Reports That Medicare recognizes HIFU prostate ablation as a device-intensive procedure driving new ASC payment going into effect on or after October 1, 2017 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 20, 2017 SonaCare Medical, leading developer and manufacturer of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technologies, is pleased to announce an increase in Medicare payment for prostate HIFU ablation in the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) setting. In the October 2017 update of the ASC Payment System, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) indicated that the ASC payment status for C9747, the code used to bill for HIFU ablation of prostate tissue, now recognizes HIFU as a "device-intensive procedure". The new typical ASC payment level is $5,444.89, as compared to the approximately $4,000 payment amount which went [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:18+00:00 November 14th, 2017|

Dr. Michael Lazar on September’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign; Why Early Detection Saves Lives

Santa Rosa Urologist and Prostate cancer expert Dr. Michael Lazar provides an overview of prostate cancer screening options, and offers insight on a recent study suggesting that early detection saves lives. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month helping to put the spotlight on a very important topic; early treatment options. Second only to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the USA and the second most common cause of cancer related death, lung cancer taking the number one spot. Currently it is estimated that one man in seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Why Early Detection is Important A new study out this month by the American College of Physicians revealed that screening in fact reduces [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:19+00:00 September 20th, 2017|

How to Know When HIFU is the Right Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer

Is HIFU Prostate Cancer Treatment for You? 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. 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. When HIFU is the best option 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 [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:19+00:00 August 15th, 2017|

Study Reveals Quality of Life Concerns Paramount in Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

For many men newly diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, concerns about potential quality-of-life issues often guide treatment decisions. A new study led by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers identifies distinct patterns of side effects that patients could use to guide their choices. In the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study examines quality-of-life outcomes for the treatment choices most patients will face. Those choices include active surveillance, radical prostatectomy, external beam radiation treatment, and brachytherapy, a treatment that involves inserting radioactive seeds into the prostate. "Patients diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer -- and that's the vast majority of patients with this disease -- face many treatment options that are thought to be similarly efficacious," said Ronald C. Chen, MD, MPH, UNC Lineberger member [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:20+00:00 March 27th, 2017|

Prostate Cancer News: Emotional distress may lead to more aggressive treatment

The anxiety many men experience after being diagnosed with prostate cancer may lead them to choose potentially unnecessary treatment options, researchers from the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute report in a new study. "Emotional distress may motivate men with low-risk prostate cancer to choose more aggressive treatment, such as choosing surgery over active surveillance," said UB's Heather Orom, the lead author on the study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Urology. "It underscores what we have been pushing a long time for, which is, 'Let's make this decision as informed and supported as possible.' If distress early on is influencing treatment choice, then maybe we help men by providing clearer information about prognosis and strategies for dealing with anxiety. [...]

2017-12-13T13:37:21+00:00 February 14th, 2017|

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|