Prostate cancer affects the prostate, a walnut-size gland in men that surrounds the urethra and normally helps produce seminal fluid. Unlike other cancer types, prostate cancer sometimes grows very slowly. If it's an early-stage cancer, it may be safe to use "watchful waiting" or "active surveillance" to monitor the cancer and delay treatment unless it gets bigger or more threatening. Prostate cancer treatments include radiation, surgery, and hormone therapy, which can have side effects such as erectile dysfunction or incontinence.
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WEDNESDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) — The American Cancer Society, which is celebrating on Wednesday a century of fighting a disease once viewed as a death sentence, is making a pledge to put itself out of business. Since 1913, the cancer society has played a role in nearly every major cancer research breakthrough. This year [...]
TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) — Aggressive treatment for prostate cancer may not be warranted for many older patients with underlying medical conditions, a new study finds. Treatments for prostate cancer, such as surgery, radiation and radioactive seed implants, can cause serious side effects, such as erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and bowel problems, explained researchers from [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) — The costly form of radiation therapy that has become the norm for prostate cancer in the United States may be no better than the older, cheaper variety — at least for some men, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among more than 1,000 U.S. men who [...]
Men who are physically fit in middle age have a lower risk of developing and dying from certain cancers, new research indicates. “Fitness is a huge predictor of [cancer] risk,” said Dr. Susan Lakoski, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Vermont, in Burlington. “You need to be fit to protect yourself against a cancer diagnosis in older age.”
By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) — People diagnosed with cancer are almost three times more likely to declare bankruptcy than are those without the disease, a large new study suggests. And younger people with cancer have up to five times higher bankruptcy rates compared to older patients with the disease, the [...]