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 Mary Brophy MarcusHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Surgery may trump a “watch-and-wait” approach when it comes to treating prostate cancer, especially in younger patients, according to a new study. Death and the spread of cancer were less likely for men who underwent a radical prostatectomy to remove the prostate gland compared to [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Men taking selenium or vitamin E supplements might double their risk of prostate cancer, depending on the levels of selenium already in their bodies, a new study suggests. Men who already have high concentrations of selenium in their bodies nearly double their risk of aggressive prostate [...]
By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new hormone therapy drug for men with prostate cancer may increase survival a bit and delay progression of the disease in men who have advanced prostate cancer that has been resistant to standard hormonal therapies, a new study suggests. The study found that the [...]
Although the death toll from cancer hasn’t shrunk by as much in recent decades as that of diseases such as heart disease, significant progress has been made, a new study finds. The problem in tabulating the full extent of recent gains against cancer is that efforts to beat back other diseases have also been successful, the researchers said.
By Mary Brophy MarcusHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A link may exist between the sleep hormone melatonin and prostate cancer, according to a new study. But experts say it’s too early for men to start popping melatonin supplements to help prevent the disease. Results of the study, which included 928 Icelandic men, suggest [...]