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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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 [...]
WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it has approved a drug to help men with advanced prostate cancer whose disease has spread to the bones. The drug, Xofigo, is targeted to patients with late-stage, metastatic disease that has spread to the bones but not to other organs, [...]
MONDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) — A link exists between exposure to Agent Orange and deadly forms of prostate cancer in U.S. veterans, according to a new study. Agent Orange was a chemical spray that was heavily used during the Vietnam War era. It was often contaminated with dioxin, a potentially cancer-causing chemical. Previous research suggests [...]
By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 7 (HealthDay News) — Men who are uninsured or underinsured get advanced prostate cancer at nearly four times the national average and don’t survive as long as other men with advanced disease, a new study says. “We’ve identified a group of advanced prostate cancer patients who do not do well,” said [...]