Jan 03

An influential government panel’s recommendation that healthy guys not get tested for prostate cancer — because that knowledge can do more harm than good — leaves some male patients and their doctors in a rather uncomfortable situation.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force panel, a kind of Supreme Court for judging what works in medicine and what doesn’t, is expected to issue a report on Tuesday recommending against routine screening with the so-called PSA blood test, suggesting that there is moderate to high certainty that harm from the test outweighs the benefits, largely because of a high rate of false positives.

For nearly a decade, medicine has been debating the value of the PSA test. I

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Jun 17

SUNDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) — Preliminary research shows that an experimental vaccine may cure prostate cancer in mice.

Unlike previous cancer vaccine attempts, the new prostate cancer vaccine appears to be smart enough to outfox prostate cancer tumors, but experts caution that the research is still in its infancy and has yet to be tested in humans.

The hunt for effective cancer treatment vaccines has been going on for decades with varying degrees of success early on, but the new prostate cancer vaccine takes a markedly different approach.

Instead of aiming at a few cancer-causing proteins or antigens on the tumor, the new vaccine casts a much a wider net.

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Tags: Cure Prostate , Cure Prostate Cancer , Mice , Prostate Cancer

May 03

WEDNESDAY, May 4 (HealthDay News) — Among men under 65 with early stage prostate cancer, those who have the prostate gland removed are less likely to die than those who adopt a “watchful waiting” approach, according to a new long-term study out of Europe.

But the findings are not likely to be practice-changing, said Dr. Richard E. Greenberg, chief of urologic oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, who was not involved with the study.

“This is relatively early stage disease, and it shows what we would expect it to show: that those who have more years [to live] have better survival if treated aggressively,” he said.

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Tags: Cancer , Prostate Cancer

Aug 22

Men younger than 40 are rarely ever diagnosed with prostate cancer but should be vigilant, never-the-less. The most common cancer in American men, excluding skin cancer, is prostate cancer. You may have just been diagnosed with prostate cancer and don’t know what to do; the first thing to do is don’t panic, generally it’s slow-growing – next change your diet to living foods.

If you have prostate cancer, are concerned about getting it, or if you’re looking out for the health of someone you love, this article can help. Early prostate cancer is confined to the prostate gland itself; most of the patients with this type of cancer can live for years without any problems. The prost

Tags: Cancer , Prostate Cancer