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
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Chemotherapy at the start of hormone therapy can extend the lives of men with prostate cancer that has spread beyond the gland, a new study finds. Over nearly 29 months of follow-up, men with advanced prostate cancer who received the combination therapy lived almost 14 months [...]
FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Higher doses of radiation may improve survival in men with medium- and high-risk prostate cancers, but it does not do the same for those with low-risk disease, a new study suggests. As is the case with many cancers, doctors must balance the risks and side effects of radiation therapy [...]
By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More U.S. physicians are sparing their low-risk prostate cancer patients from surgery, radiation and hormone therapy in favor of monitoring their patients over time — a strategy called watchful waiting, a new study shows. The number of low-risk patients who didn’t undergo treatment jumped from as [...]
The risk that any one American will die from cancer — the cancer death rate — is going down, regardless of sex or race, a new government study reports.
By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A wide majority of U.S. men with low-risk prostate cancer are being treated for the disease even though “active surveillance” is an option, a new report finds. Active surveillance — or watchful waiting — is the careful monitoring of prostate cancer for progression of the cancer [...]