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  1. 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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  2. New Drug Fights Advanced Prostate Cancer

    March 3, 2010 -- A new drug shows promise for extending the lives of men with advanced prostate cancer who have run out of treatment options. In a large study, men given the experimental drug, called cabazitaxel, lived an average of just over 15 months, while those given standard chemotherapy lived

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  3. Heart Risk From Prostate Cancer Hormone Therapy

    Feb. 1, 2010 - Androgen-blocking hormone therapy for prostate cancer may raise the risk of heart disease, warns an expert panel representing heart, cancer, and urology organizations. The warning means that a prostate cancer patient receiving hormone therapy -- sometimes called chemical castration, a

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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