Several forms of prostatitis exist, but most men with the condition are believed to have the chronic nonbacterial form. The cause is not known and symptom relief is often elusive. Some experts believe there are six subtypes of chronic prostatitis. They propose that treatment or treatments be individualized based on the man’s particular subtype(s).
Guidelines from a number of professional groups advise asymptomatic men to discuss the pros and cons of PSA screening with their doctors. Here are key questions to ask your doctor—and yourself. The answers can help you decide whether screening is right for you.
New molecular tests can offer much-needed information for some men trying to decide whether to forgo immediate treatment and choose active surveillance instead.
Some studies suggest that tomatoes and tomato-based products (such as tomato sauce, tomato juice, and ketchup) are linked to a reduced risk of prostate cancer. We asked Dr. June Chan, a scientist at the University of California, San Francisco who has been at the center of groundbreaking research on lifestyle and prostate cancer, to share her…
Brachytherapy--a type of radiation treatment for prostate cancer--is an option for men with intermediate-, high-, and very-high-risk disease.
Active surveillance, radical prostatectomy, and radiation therapy are well known strategies to manage and treat prostate cancer. This brief overview takes a look at two treatments that are not as familiar: cryotherapy and high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU).
Nobody knows the underlying cause of prostate cancer. But scientists have been looking at a number of possible promoters of the disease, including dietary fat, zinc, and flaxseeds.
Also known as inflammation of the prostate, prostatitis is a common and often frustrating problem. The cause of bacterial prostatitis is obvious and easy to detect-infection with some type of bacteria. But researchers are not sure why some men develop the more common, nonbacterial form.
Large clinical trials conducted over the past decade or two have not suggested that any particular nutritional supplement is beneficial for prostate cancer outcomes. In fact, there are data suggesting that the use of some supplements-if you get above a certain level of intake-can actually increase the risk of poor prostate cancer outcomes.
Each year, about 1 million prostate biopsies are performed in the United States, and of those, about one in three are cancerous. Sometimes, however, a repeat biopsy might be necessary to help confirm or rule out a prostate cancer diagnosis.