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Prostate Cancer

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

  • Quarter of Prostate Cancer Patients May Abandon ‘Watchful Waiting’ Approach

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors often recommend no treatment at all when a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, opting instead to keep a close eye on the slow-growing tumor and acting only when it becomes aggressive. But a new, long-term European study says this strategy, called “active surveillance,” has [...]

  • DNA Test May Gauge Risk of Prostate Cancer’s Return

    FRIDAY, April 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new DNA test can identify prostate cancer patients at high risk for a return of their cancer, researchers say. The test uses DNA from biopsy (tissue) samples taken before patients undergo surgery or radiation therapy for their cancer. The test is about 80 percent accurate in predicting which [...]

  • DNA Test May Reveal Risk of Prostate Cancer’s Return

    FRIDAY, April 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new DNA test can identify prostate cancer patients at high risk for a return of their cancer, researchers say. The test uses DNA from biopsy (tissue) samples taken before patients undergo surgery or radiation therapy for their cancer. The test is about 80 percent accurate in predicting which [...]

  • Cialis May Not Prevent Impotence in Men Treated for Prostate Cancer

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Taking the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis while receiving radiation therapy for prostate cancer doesn’t seem to help men’s sexual function after treatment, a new study finds. About 40 percent of men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer suffer from erectile dysfunction afterward, according to the study. [...]

  • Slight Drop in Rate of Advanced Cancers, CDC Says

    THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Rates of invasive cancers in the United States fell slightly from 2009 to 2010, and widespread adoption of colon cancer screening and other measures could push those rates even lower, a federal government study says. Invasive cancers are tougher-to-treat, advanced tumors that spread from their original location to surrounding [...]

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