Doctors know that testosterone promotes the growth of prostate cells and that blocking this naturally occurring hormone can help control the growth of prostate cancer. But there is great controversy over whether using testosterone supplements increases a man's risk for prostate cancer.
Men who have had a radical prostatectomy (RP) and who subsequently have a recurrence of prostate cancer fare better if they undergo salvage radiation treatment plus antiandrogen therapy instead of radiation alone, according to a 2017 study in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Limiting consumption of saturated fats, which are found primarily in animal foods, is important for overall health and cardiovascular disease prevention. A 2017 study suggests that saturated fat may also be associated with more aggressive prostate cancer.
The most important factor in predicting the current state of a man's prostate cancer and determining his treatment options is his Gleason score. This method of grading a tumor's aggressiveness was devised in the 1960s by Dr. Donald Gleason.In the years since, methods of diagnosing prostate cancer and doctors' understanding of tumor behavior have changed. Although…
Active surveillance offers men who have a prostate cancer that is unlikely to cause harm without treatment the option of careful monitoring with the intention to treat for cure should the disease change over time. This management approach is most often recommended for men who have very-low- to low-risk prostate cancers (favorable risk) that are believed…
Some treatment guidelines suggest that active surveillance may be an option for certain men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer, although the practice is controversial.
When men discuss screening for prostate cancer with their physicians, some ask: Do I really need the digital rectal exam (DRE)? This physical evaluation allows doctors to check for growths and other abnormalities on the prostate that could signal the presence of cancer, but it also causes anxiety in many men.
Men diagnosed with prostate cancer are faced with an array of prostate treatment options. Proton beam therapy-a form of external beam radiation therapy-is the latest choice now available in the United States. But its a controversial option as well, with some critics suggesting that its popularity may be driven by advertising rather than by sound scientific…
Perhaps you've had hormone therapy for prostate cancer, but your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level is rapidly rising. What are your options? If you have a prostate condition and find yourself in a situation where your current treatment choices are unsatisfactory, you may want to enroll in a clinical trial.
If your doctor suspects you have prostate cancer, undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan immediately after an initial screening might spare you the medical risks of a prostate biopsy and improve your chances of an accurate diagnosis.