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  1. New Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Screening

    March. 4, 2010 -- The American Cancer Society says men should talk to their doctors about the benefits and limitations of prostate cancer screening before deciding whether to be tested. The group's newly revised guidelines make it clear that prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood testing should not o

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  2. Test May Cut Unneeded Prostate Biopsies

    March 4, 2010 -- A new urine test may reduce unnecessary biopsies for prostate cancer. The test, which is approved in some European countries but not in the U.S., detects genetic material -- RNA -- from prostate cancer gene 3 or PCA3. At a news briefing held in advance of the 2010 Genitourinary Canc

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  3. New Drug Fights Advanced Prostate Cancer

    March 3, 2010 -- A new drug shows promise for extending the lives of men with advanced prostate cancer who have run out of treatment options. In a large study, men given the experimental drug, called cabazitaxel, lived an average of just over 15 months, while those given standard chemotherapy lived

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  4. Prostate Cancer Questions to Ask Your Doctor -- and Yourself

    Being diagnosed with prostate cancer can be frightening. The more you learn, however, the less anxious you may feel. Your most important task after being diagnosed is to get as much information as you can about your condition. Then you and your doctor can talk over the best course of action. Because

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  5. Prostate Biopsy and the Gleason Score: What You Should Know

    A biopsy is used to detect the presence of cancer cells in the prostate and to evaluate how aggressive cancer is likely to be. Thanks to an array of biopsy techniques and new tools to interpret the results, doctors are better able to predict when cancers are slow-growing and when they’re likely to b

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  6. Heart Risk From Prostate Cancer Hormone Therapy

    Feb. 1, 2010 - Androgen-blocking hormone therapy for prostate cancer may raise the risk of heart disease, warns an expert panel representing heart, cancer, and urology organizations. The warning means that a prostate cancer patient receiving hormone therapy -- sometimes called chemical castration, a

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  7. Drug Eases Hormone Therapy Side Effect in Men

    Dec. 7, 2009 -- Treating hot flashes in men undergoing prostate cancer treatment can be tricky, but a new study suggests medroxyprogesterone could be the new gold standard in hot-flash treatment for men. Hormone therapy, or androgen deprivation therapy, which lowers the level of the male sex hormone

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  8. Coffee May Cut Risk of Prostate Cancer

    Dec. 7, 2009 -- Drinking coffee regularly may help lower the risk of advanced prostate cancer, a study shows. The study, presented this week at a conference of the American Association for Cancer Research in Houston, shows men who drank the most coffee were nearly 60% less likely to develop advanced

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  9. Aspirin May Prevent Prostate Cancer Recurrence

    Nov. 6, 2009 (Chicago) -- The use of anti-clotting drugs, including aspirin, appears to lower the odds that cancer will recur in men undergoing radiation treatment for prostate cancer, researchers report. "We found that taking an anticoagulant lowers the risk [of recurrence] by almost half," says Ke

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  10. Proton Boost May Thwart Prostate Cancer's Return

    Nov. 4, 2009 (Chicago) -- A boost of a highly targeted form of radiation therapy may prevent prostate cancer from coming back, a study of nearly 400 men suggests. Ten years after treatment, only 7% of men who received a boost of proton therapy suffered a recurrence of their prostate cancer, compared

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