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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Task Force to Men: Don't Get PSA Test

      Oct. 7, 2011 -- Men should just say "no" to prostate cancer screening with the common PSA blood test, according to draft guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. About a third of men over age 40, and about half of men age 65 to 79, get regular blood tests for prostate specific antige

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    6. Infections Linked to Biopsies for Prostate Cancer

      Oct. 5, 2011 -- New research raises concerns about a rise in potentially serious infections that require hospitalization in men who have prostate biopsies. Men in the study who had the biopsies were more than twice as likely as those who didn't to be hospitalized within the next 30 days for infectio

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    7. Shorter Course of Radiation May Treat Prostate Cancer

      Sept. 27, 2011 -- A shorter, cheaper, and more convenient five-week course of radiation appears to work just as well as the traditional seven-and-one-half week schedule for men with prostate cancer. In a study of 303 men, cancer recurred in about 15% of those given both the shorter and usual courses

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    8. Predicting Sexual Ability After Prostate Cancer Treatment

      Sept. 20, 2011 -- The better a man's erections before prostate cancer treatment, the more likely he is to recover the ability to have erections later. Martin G. Sanda, MD, and colleagues followed 1,027 men for two years after prostate cancer treatment. The researchers focused on the men's ability to

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    9. 5 Genes Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer

      Aug. 16, 2011 -- Researchers in Seattle and Sweden have identified five inherited genetic markers that could help spot men with the most aggressive and deadly forms of prostate cancer. They say the discovery may lead to a simple blood test to help distinguish between men with prostate cancer who nee

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    10. Urine Test May Help Predict Prostate Cancer

      Aug. 3, 2011 -- A painless urine test could soon help doctors tell when a high prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level means a dangerous cancer or when it’s a sign of a more benign condition that may not need further treatment, a new study shows. The test looks for a genetic mistake that’s present in

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