Research News

Prostate Surgery May be Better Choice for Younger Men

March 8, 2014

There’s some debate on how to handle early prostate cancer. While some doctors recommend surgery to remove the entire prostate, others advise waiting and monitoring to see if the disease advances. Read the article.

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3D Mapping Biopsy Finds 3x Prostate Cancer of Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy

February 6, 2014

Ultrasound-guided biopsies miss prostate cancers that are detected by the slightly more expensive and slightly more invasive 3D mapping biopsies. For example, in a 2006 study of 180 men diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer via ultrasound-guided biopsy, nearly a quarter were upgraded to a more clinically significant stage of disease after 3D mapping biopsy […]

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Gleason 6 Prostate Cancer: Serious Malignancy or Toothless Lion?

January 27, 2014

Here are 2 articles on Gleason 6 Prostate Cancer: Gleason 6 Prostate Cancer: Serious Malignancy or Toothless Lion? – See More and a follow-up: Gleason 6 Cancer Is Still Cancer – See More

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Invasive tests for prostate cancer are failing to spot the disease

January 14, 2014

Thousands of men forced to have painful biopsies *  Most are still being put through outdated tests which are not reliable *  Worryingly, many get a negative result even though they have cancer *  They should be given an MRI scan that can rule the disease out Read the article.

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Time from diagnosis to surgery and prostate cancer survival: A retrospective cohort study – Abstract

December 31, 2013

BACKGROUND: A diagnosis of prostate cancer leads to emotional distress and anxiety, prompting calls for rapid diagnostic pathways. Nevertheless, it remains unclear what impact time between diagnosis and surgery has upon prostate cancer survival. Read the article at urotoday.com (Free sign up/ login)

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Protein in prostate biopsies signals increased cancer risk

December 6, 2013

Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College have shown that the presence of a particular protein in biopsied prostate tissue substantially increases the likelihood that cancer will develop in that organ. The discovery will likely help physicians decide how closely to monitor men potentially at risk for the cancer—among the most confusing and controversial dilemmas in […]

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Men (aged 40-49 years) with a single baseline PSA below 1.0 have a very low long-term risk of prostate cancer

November 21, 2013

Men (aged 40-49 years) with a single baseline prostate-specific antigen below 1.0 ng/mL have a very low long-term risk of prostate cancer: Results from a prospectively screened population cohort – Abstract [www.urotoday.com] Published on 19 November 2013 OBJECTIVE: To study the use of a baseline prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and digital rectal examination in men (aged […]

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Half of medical reporting ‘is subject to spin’

November 21, 2013

A study that you probably won’t be reading in your daily paper or favourite news website anytime soon casts serious doubts on the reliability of mainstream medical and health journalism. The study found that 51% of news items reporting on medical trials – specifically on randomised controlled trials (RCTs), which are seen as the gold standard […]

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New prostate test that identifies less harmful tumours that do not need to be removed immediately will spare men from needless surgery

November 21, 2013

A new test for prostate cancer could spare thousands of men needless treatment which leaves them with debilitating side effects, researchers claim. The test can accurately pinpoint the less harmful tumours which do not have to be immediately removed by surgery or radiotherapy. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2487483/New-prostate-test-identifies-harmful-tumours-need-removed-immediately-spare-men-needless-surgery.html#ixzz2lIfSTsd7

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VIDEO: Dr. Danny Vesprini, “Prostate Cancer – identifying men at high risk before it’s too late”

October 17, 2013

September 2013 Scotiabank Awareness Night “Prostate Cancer – identifying men at high risk before it’s too late” Dr. Danny Vesprini,   MD, MSc, BSc, FRCPC Assistant Professor  Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto  Staff Radiation Oncologist, Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre Dr. Vesprini discusses the current and upcoming strategies for screening and ultimately treating men who are at […]

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