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What Causes Prostatitis?

Prostatitis is a relatively common condition in which the prostate becomes infected or inflamed. Some men experience acute flare-ups caused by a bacterial infection of the prostate. But the cause of the most common form—chronic prostatitis (also known as chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome, or CP/CPPS)—is unknown. Possible culprits include urinary tract abnormalities, pelvic muscle spasms,…

Why You Need a Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care Plan

After your initial prostate cancer treatment ends, it’s important to have a survivorship care plan. The plan can keep your primary healthcare provider abreast of any medical or psychological issues that might develop as a consequence of your prostate cancer treatment. It can also help ensure that you are not surprised if any of those issues…

Self-Help Tactics for Urinary Incontinence After Prostate Cancer Treatment

Surgery or radiation therapy for prostate cancer may irritate the urethra or bladder or damage the muscles that contract to prevent urine from flowing out of the bladder. As a result, some degree of urinary incontinence (inability to control bladder function) can occur after treatment. Here’s a look at three approaches men can take to help…

Another Treatment Option for Men with Nonmetastatic CRPC

A new drug was approved in 2019 to treat men with prostate cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body, but no longer responds to androgen-deprivation therapy—a condition known as nonmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). The medication belongs to a class of drugs known as androgen-receptor inhibitors, and it joins two other previously…

Add-On Hormone Therapy Regimens Boost Survival in Advanced Prostate Cancer

Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) can slow the growth of aggressive prostate cancer and prolong survival in men with metastatic castration-sensitive disease (prostate cancer that has spread but responds to ADT). Two studies in The New England Journal of Medicine show that adding a second-generation androgen-receptor blocking drug can further improve survival in such men.

Does Low-Dose Aspirin Use Improve Prostate Cancer Survival?

Low-dose aspirin may modestly reduce the risk of death from prostate cancer, though only if taken for an extended period, a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests. Additional research is needed to confirm these findings and to determine whether any potential benefits of long-term aspirin use outweigh the risks.

Five Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle After Prostate Cancer Treatment Ends

Making healthier lifestyle choices can help improve your overall health and well-being. And some research suggests that men who follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly have better outcomes after prostate cancer treatment. If your lifestyle before your diagnosis and treatment wasn’t particularly healthy, you can look at this time as an opportunity to get on…

Study Examines Alcohol’s Effect on Aggressive Prostate Cancer Risk

Does drinking alcohol affect the risk of being diagnosed with aggressive, potentially lethal prostate cancer or of developing it after diagnosis? A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology took a look at these questions. Here’s what the researchers found.

Selenium and Prostate Cancer: What You Should Know

Selenium is an essential trace mineral—that is, it’s needed in small amounts to maintain good health and must be consumed, since the body does not manufacture it. Among its purported benefits: It prevents cancers—notably prostate cancer. But does that claim hold up?

More Evidence that ADT Boosts Fracture

A recent study provides more evidence that androgen deprivation therapy (ADT)—an important treatment for men with or at risk for metastatic prostate cancer— weakens bones. It also identifies the types of fractures most likely to occur. Current guidelines recommend a number of steps that men on ADT should take to boost their bone strength.