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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Is Prostate Cancer Overtreated?

    Nov. 3, 2009 (Chicago) -- The majority of men with prostate cancer can be spared anti-hormone therapy -- and all of its side effects, including impotence, hot flashes, and liver problems, researchers say. Adding a short course of hormone-blocking therapy to radiation treatment extended the lives of

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  6. New Test Checks for Prostate Cancer Return

    Oct. 19, 2009 -- Researchers say they have developed a highly sensitive prostate specific antigen (PSA) test that may identify prostate cancer patients who are likely to relapse after treatment. In a small study, published this week in the journal PNAS Early Edition, the test proved to be 300 times

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  7. Robot Prostate Surgery: More ED, Incontinence

    Oct. 13, 2009 - Minimally invasive prostate surgery -- often performed using a high-tech robot -- carries a higher risk of incontinence and erectile dysfunction than does open surgery. However, the newer technique cuts patients' hospital stays, requires far fewer blood transfusions, and carries less

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  8. Prostate Cancer Therapies Raise Heart Risk

    Sept. 23, 2009 (Berlin) -- The anti-hormone therapies used to treat prostate cancer can raise the risk of heart disease, but some drugs appear to be safer for the heart than others, researchers report. The study, the largest to date to look at the issue, suggests that overall, anti-hormone therapies

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  9. Survival Improves for Prostate Cancer

    Sept. 15, 2009 -- Older men with early prostate cancer are far more likely to survive their disease without surgery or radiation today than they were just a few decades ago, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed outcomes among men older than 65 diagnosed with localized prostate cancer after the in

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  10. STD Linked to Prostate Cancer

    Sept. 11, 2009 -- Infection with a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) may make men more vulnerable to the most deadly form of prostate cancer, new research suggests. Men in the study who had been infected with the STD trichomoniasis were only slightly more likely to develop prostate cancer ye

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