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  1. Panel: Don't Get PSA Prostate Cancer Screen

    May 21, 2012 -- Men should not get routine PSA tests to screen for prostate cancer, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force today reaffirmed. The USPSTF is the independent panel that sets U.S. cancer-screening policy. Last October, the group released a draft report finding that men get far more harm

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  2. Ultrasound 'Male Lumpectomy' for Prostate Cancer

    April 17, 2012 -- An experimental treatment zaps prostate tumors while leaving healthy prostate tissue intact. It's been called "male lumpectomy," because like less-invasive forms of breast cancer surgery, it removes tumors without removing the entire organ affected by cancer. The treatment, under d

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  3. Best Prostate Cancer Radiation?

    April 16, 2012 -- The most popular form of radiation therapy for prostate cancer may also be the best, a new comparison study finds. Nearly all men with prostate cancer who opt for external beam radiation get a treatment called intensity-modulated radiation therapy or IMRT. IMRT has almost entirely

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  4. Common Diabetes Drug May Fight Cancer

    April 3, 2012 (Chicago) -- The diabetes drug metformin -- commonly a first choice for controlling blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes -- is sparking new interest as a cancer fighter. A new study presented here at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting shows that me

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  5. PSA Test Cuts Prostate Cancer Deaths -- at a Cost

    March 14, 2012 -- The odds of dying from prostate cancer are 21% lower 11 years after men are offered routine screening with the controversial PSA blood test, European researchers find. Those odds go down 29% if you only count men who actually got screened in the huge European Randomized Study of Sc

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  6. Study: Radioactive Seeds Beat Out Other Prostate Cancer Treatments

    Jan. 31, 2012 -- For most men with prostate cancer, having radioactive seeds implanted in the prostate is associated with fewer serious side effects than either surgery to remove the prostate or having a beam of high-energy radiation aimed directly at the cancer, researchers say. The analysis of the

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  7. New Type of Prostate Cancer Pill Extends Lives

    Jan. 31, 2012 -- An experimental pill that works differently than other prostate cancer drugs extended the lives of men with spreading cancer by an average of nearly five months. Men with late-stage prostate cancer given the new hormone treatment, MDV3100, lived an average of nearly a year-and-a-hal

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  8. Drug for Enlarged Prostate May Slow Cancer Growth

    Jan. 23, 2012 -- A drug widely prescribed to treat men with enlarged prostates may also slow the growth of early prostate cancers, according to a new study. Researchers say the drug Avodart (dutasteride) may reduce the need for aggressive treatments in men who have a very low risk of dying from thei

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  9. Common Prostate Cancer Treatment May Be Less Risky Than Thought

    Dec. 6, 2011 -- Just over a year ago the FDA warned that commonly used hormone-blocking treatments may increase the risk for fatal heart attacks in prostate cancer patients, but a new analysis finds these fears to be unfounded for most men. The review, which appears this week in the Journal of the A

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  10. Vitamin E Supplements May Raise Prostate Cancer Risk

    Oct. 11, 2011 -- Just a decade ago, hopes were high that men could lower their risk for prostate cancer by taking daily supplements of the antioxidant vitamin E. But now, follow-up findings from a study involving 35,000 men offer evidence that the opposite may be true. Compared to men who did not ta

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