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Emotional Stress Reduces Effectiveness of Prostate Cancer Therapies in Animal Model

Not surprisingly, a cancer diagnosis creates stress. And patients with prostate cancer show higher levels of anxiety compared to other cancer patients. A new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center indicates that stress is not just an emotional side effect of the diagnosis; it also can reduce the effectiveness of prostate cancer drugs and accelerate the development of prostate cancer. Read the article.

PSA Levels Higher in Sedentary Men

PSA concentrations are higher in men who engage in more sedentary behavior and lower levels of light physical activity, a study found. It is hypothesized that regular participation in physical activity may reduce prostate cancer risk through a variety of biological mechanisms including changes in energy balance, immune function, inflammation, antioxidant defenses, and endogenous hormones. Based on their results, the authors stated, evaluation of a patient’s physical activity and sedentary level before PSA testing also is important because these factors also may influence measurements and lead to a urologic diagnostic workup. Read the whole article.

Artificial Urinary Sphincter Implantation for Post-RP Urinary Incontinence

Most men with incontinence following RP have normal bladder function; their incontinence is usually due to intrinsic sphincteric urethral deficiency. When urodynamic study confirms this diagnosis and flexible cystoscopy, shows no significant urethral stricture, artificial urinary sphincter implantation is indicated. Read the Article.

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