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    1. FDA Panel Rejects Drugs to Prevent Prostate Cancer

      Dec. 1, 2010 -- An FDA advisory committee has voted against approval of two drugs for the prevention of prostate cancer because of a link to increased risk of high-grade, aggressive forms of the disease. GlaxoSmithKline’s Avodart and Merck’s Proscar are approved to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia

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    2. Prostate Cancer: Active Surveillance Offers Quality-of-Life Gains

      Nov. 30, 2010 -- Active surveillance for men with localized prostate cancer may offer up some important quality-of-life advantages when compared to other initial prostate cancer treatments, such as radiation therapy and surgical removal of the prostate gland (radical prostatectomy), according to a n

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    3. Prostate Cancer Staging Can't Predict Recurrence

      Nov. 22, 2010 -- One of the first things that a man wants to know after he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer is the cancer’s stage, which is supposed to indicate the extent of the disease and help predict the likelihood of recurrence after treatment. But when it comes to localized or non-sprea

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    4. Targeted Radiation May Help Men Avoid Impotence

      Nov. 5, 2010 -- A highly targeted form of radiation therapy may help younger men to avoid becoming impotent after treatment for prostate cancer, a preliminary study of nearly 100 men aged 55 and younger suggests. Six months after undergoing proton therapy, 90% of participants who had been sexually a

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    5. Aspirin May Cut Prostate Cancer Deaths

      Oct. 25, 2010 -- Aspirin, already linked in some studies to a lower risk of developing colon cancer, may also cut the risk of dying of prostate cancer by more than half, a large study suggests. Researchers stress the findings are preliminary and that men with the cancer should not reach for the aspi

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    6. PSA Tests Cut Risk of Prostate Cancer Spread

      Oct. 25, 2010 -- Routine PSA testing substantially lowers the chance that prostate cancer will spread to other parts of the body, researchers report. Once the disease spreads, it is no longer curable, says study head Chandana Reddy, MS, a senior biostatistician at the Cleveland Clinic. Additionally,

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    7. Drug Extends Prostate Cancer Survival

      Oct. 12, 2010 -- Even when medical or surgical castration fails, a potent drug extends survival by four months in patients with metastatic prostate cancer. The drug is Johnson & Johnson's abiraterone acetate. It blocks an enzyme crucial to the production of male hormones, which spur the growth and s

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    8. PSA Tests for Prostate Cancer May Not Save Lives

      Sept. 14, 2010 - Routine PSA screening tests for prostate cancer don't save lives. That's the bottom line from a painstaking analysis of major clinical trials by University of Florida researcher Philipp Dahm, MD, and colleagues. They reviewed data on 387,286 men enrolled in six large clinical trials

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    9. Aggressive Treatment for Prostate Cancer Is the Norm

      July 26, 2010 -- More than 75% of men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer undergo aggressive treatment -- either complete removal of the prostate or radiation therapy, according to a new study. That's true, the researchers found, even in men with a low level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) of

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    10. 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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