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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Statins May Protect Prostate Cancer Patients

    June 28, 2010 -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs appear to reduce the risk for prostate cancer recurrence in patients who have had a surgical procedure called radical prostatectomy. In a new study from Duke University Medical Center, men who took statins for their hearts were 30% less likely to ha

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  9. FDA OKs New Drug for Advanced Prostate Cancer

    June 17, 2010 -- A new treatment for advanced prostate cancer that hasn't responded to other treatments has been approved by the FDA. Called Jevtana (cabazitaxel), the chemotherapy drug is used in combination with the steroid prednisone and has been found to lengthen survival by nearly 2 and 1/2 mon

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  10. Dogs Sniff Out Prostate Cancer

    June 2, 2010 (San Francisco) -- Dogs may be able to sniff out the smell of chemicals released into urine by prostate tumors, setting the stage for a new means of early prostate cancer detection. In early tests, the approach produced fewer false positives than would be expected with the commonly used

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