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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

  • Strategy Might Thwart Resistance to a Common Prostate Cancer Treatment

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Conventional wisdom has it that high levels of testosterone help prostate cancers grow. However, a new, small study suggests that a treatment strategy called bipolar androgen therapy — where patients alternate between low and high levels of testosterone — might make prostate tumors more responsive to [...]

  • Study Finds Link Between Cancer Diagnosis, Stroke Risk

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Newly diagnosed cancer patients are at increased risk for stroke in the months after they find out they have the disease. And the risk of stroke is higher among those with more aggressive cancer, a new study says. The findings come from an analysis of Medicare claims submitted [...]

  • Falling Cancer Death Rate Means 1.5 Million Lives Saved Over 20 Years

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Progress in the war against cancer has triggered a 22 percent drop in U.S. deaths over the past two decades, translating to about 1.5 million lives saved, a new American Cancer Society report finds. Even so, the annual report also predict that within a few [...]

  • Too Few Prostate Cancer Patients Get Bone-Strengthening Meds: Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many men on hormone therapy for prostate cancer aren’t getting bone-strengthening drugs they may need, new Canadian research contends. Hormone therapy, which suppresses male hormones called androgens, helps stop cancer cells from growing. But one consequence of the treatment is weakening of the bones, which can [...]

  • Does Having Lots of Sex Lower Prostate Cancer Risk?

    Don Juans of the world, take note: Men who sleep with lots of women may be less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who don’t play the field, a new Canadian study suggests.

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