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.
Prostate Cancer News
FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Prostate cancer patients lacking knowledge about the disease have difficulty making good treatment decisions. This can lead to worse quality of care and long-term results, new research suggests. The study included 70 men, with a median age of 63. All were newly diagnosed with localized prostate cancer. Poor understanding of [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older people who aren’t expected to live more than 10 years are still being screened for prostate, breast, cervical and colon cancer — even though it is unlikely to benefit them, a new study finds. Unnecessary screening can lead to invasive procedures, such as biopsies, and [...]
THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Changes to the way cancers are classified could lead to more accurate diagnoses and perhaps more effective treatments in about one in 10 cancer patients, new research suggests. Typically, cancers are categorized according to the tissue in which they originated, such as breast, bladder or kidney cancer. But tissues [...]
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The value of the PSA test to screen men for prostate cancer has long been debated, and a new study of 162,000 men may not resolve the issue. The European study, reported Aug. 6 in The Lancet, finds that widespread use of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests does reduce [...]
By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study fuels the ongoing debate over the health risks of bicycle riding for men: Researchers found that cyclists who bike more may face a higher risk of prostate cancer, but not a greater chance of infertility or erectile dysfunction. The findings aren’t definitive, and [...]