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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Is It an Option? Part 6

Posted by William on July 3, 2012

Osterloh, who also has BPH, has been off the hormone therapy for nearly seven years but still takes the proscar as maintenance. During the 13 months of therapy, his PSA was under 4. After the treatments, his PSA occasionally rose and fell, once going as high as 7. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Is It an Option? Part 5

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In a different recent study of men who died of causes unrelated to prostate cancer, autopsies revealed that 27 percent of men in their 30s already had prostate cancer, and 34 percent of men in their 40s had it. So, by the time a lump is detected, it’s already past the early stages and should be treated systemically with hormone therapy.? WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Is It an Option? Part 4

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In stage I, cancer can’t be felt during a rectal exam. It’s usually found by accident during surgery for a different reason — usually to relieve the pressure of BPH. There’s no evidence it’s spread outside the prostate WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Is It an Option? Part 3

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To understand how this works, let’s backtrack. First of all, the prostate is a walnut-sized gland located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Part of a man’s reproductive system, it makes and stores seminal fluid (one of the ingredients in semen). Hormones are the fuel that powers the prostate. The main male hormone, testosterone, is produced by the testicles and in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Is It an Option? Part 2

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Traditional options such as prostatectomy — surgical removal of all or part of the cancerous prostate gland — or radical prostatectomy — removal of the entire gland and some surrounding tissue — and various types of radiation can carry a heavy price, such as impotence and/or incontinence. In addition, the cancer may recur, requiring further treatment. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Is It an Option? Part 1

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Triple Hormone Blockade Therapy as Treatment for Prostate Cancer

When Fred Osterloh was diagnosed with prostate cancer following a routine physical exam eight years ago at age 57, he was stunned. He felt fine. He didn’t have any symptoms, and no one in his family had ever been diagnosed with prostate cancer. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Will Virtual Colonoscopy Soon Replace the Conventional Screening for Colon Cancer

Posted by William on February 16, 2012

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. It is largely a preventable disease if it is caught in the very early, precancerous stages. Thus, any potential improvement in screening for this disease is worthy of a great deal of attention.

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