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  1. Prostate Cancer Screening: Benefits Outweigh Risks

    July 1, 2010 -- Screening men for prostate cancer cut mortality rates by about half in a large study, researchers report. The screening test under investigation is called a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, which measures blood levels of a protein produced by prostate gland cells and is a marker

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  2. Statins May Protect Prostate Cancer Patients

    June 28, 2010 -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs appear to reduce the risk for prostate cancer recurrence in patients who have had a surgical procedure called radical prostatectomy. In a new study from Duke University Medical Center, men who took statins for their hearts were 30% less likely to ha

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  3. FDA OKs New Drug for Advanced Prostate Cancer

    June 17, 2010 -- A new treatment for advanced prostate cancer that hasn't responded to other treatments has been approved by the FDA. Called Jevtana (cabazitaxel), the chemotherapy drug is used in combination with the steroid prednisone and has been found to lengthen survival by nearly 2 and 1/2 mon

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  4. Dogs Sniff Out Prostate Cancer

    June 2, 2010 (San Francisco) -- Dogs may be able to sniff out the smell of chemicals released into urine by prostate tumors, setting the stage for a new means of early prostate cancer detection. In early tests, the approach produced fewer false positives than would be expected with the commonly used

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  5. ED Can Improve Years After Prostate Surgery

    June 1, 2010 (San Francisco) -- If your sexual function's not what it used to be a year or two after prostate surgery, hang in there. Men who are having trouble achieving erections after prostatectomy for prostate cancer can achieve improvement in function that's sufficient for sexual intercourse mo

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  6. Pre-op MRI May Prevent ED After Prostate Surgery

    May 7, 2010 -- Doing a preoperative MRI of the prostate may help surgeons better decide when they can safely spare the nerve bundle that controls a man's erections and continence, according to a new study. ''The use of imaging can help a surgeon make a better clinical decision about what he or she d

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  7. FDA OKs Provenge for Prostate Cancer Therapy

    April 29, 2010 -- The FDA today approved Provenge, Dendreon Corp.'s individualized "vaccine" for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. The action comes more than three years after an FDA advisory panel recommended approval, declaring the immune therapy safe and effective. But FDA concerns over

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  8. Test Pinpoints Aggressive Prostate Tumors

    April 20, 2010 (Washington, D.C.) -- Researchers are developing a new blood test to help identify which men with early prostate cancer can forgo immediate treatment. In a small preliminary study, the test proved 70% accurate in predicting which men had more aggressive tumors that require treatment.

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  9. Male Infertility Linked to Prostate Cancer

    March 22, 2010 -- Men with infertility issues may be more likely to develop more aggressive forms of prostate cancer than fertile men, according to a new study. Researchers have found that infertile men who did develop prostate cancer were more than two-and-a-half times more likely to develop high-g

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  10. 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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