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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Virus Linked to Prostate Cancer

    Sept. 8, 2009 -- A virus may be responsible for some prostate cancers and hold clues to the cause of the deadly disease, according to a new study. Xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) has been previously linked to leukemia and sarcomas in animals, but researchers say this has more r

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  8. PSA Test: More Harm Than Good?

    Aug. 31, 2009 -- The PSA prostate cancer screening test does more harm than good, a new study suggests. How much harm and how much good? "For every man who avoids a prostate cancer death due to PSA screening, about 50 men have to be treated unnecessarily -- and a third of these men will have serious

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  9. Risks of Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer

    Aug. 25, 2009 - Prostate cancer patients with established heart disease have an increased risk of dying when they receive hormone therapy prior to radiation, a new study suggests. Patients with a history of heart attack or congestive heart failure related to coronary artery disease who were treated

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  10. John McEnroe Serves Up Prostate Cancer Information

    His father's prostate cancer changed tennis legend John McEnroe, who turned 50 in February. McEnroe used to have at least one thing in common with ordinary guys: He rarely saw a doctor or gave his own health a lot of thought. That all changed five years ago, when his dad, now 74, was diagnosed with

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