Keep your pecker up, Bill…new prostate cancer zapper won’t wreck your love life! Pioneering soundwave treatment proves as effective as surgery. • High-intensity focused ultrasound blasts tumours with soundwaves • Study shows its 93 per cent success rate as effective as surgery • But rate of erectile dysfunction in HIFU patients post treatment much lower • ‘Experimental’ treatment not widely available in UK and costs £10,000 Read the article.
Calgary Tom Baker Cancer Centre radiation oncologist Dr. Siraj Husain discusses advances and new studies in the growing area of Salvage Brachytherapy. He starts with a quick but informative overview of prostate cancer, its diagnosis and treatments, and then launches into studies with graphic slides that show the groundbreaking work that is being done today in the field. Very informative, and the future looks very bright in the field of prostate cancer treatment. A lively discussion follows, including talk about the whole PSA debate. Watch the video.
The treatment options for men with prostate cancer are constantly evolving, adding further stress to an already challenging decision. Before receiving treatment, men should receive a second opinion and fully understand their options, according to Jim Schraidt, a prostate cancer survivor from Chicago who leads a support group for Us TOO International. Read the article.
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers have demonstrated that the prostate basal cell layer contains self-renewing adult stem cells, with a gene expression profile that overlaps that of aggressive and endocrine therapy-resistant prostate cancers. These results indicate that such cells might be the cells-of-origin in aggressive prostate cancers, and offer a new option for anticancer therapies. Read the article.
Oxford University scientists have started a clinical trial to test a new vaccine against prostate cancer and are looking for volunteers to take part. The first four participants have already received this experimental vaccine at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, and the second trial site has just been opened at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. Read the article.
A panel of experts at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) have reviewed and endorsed Cancer Care Ontario’s guideline on Active Surveillance for the Management of Localized Prostate Cancer. The guidelines, published in May 2015, “are clear, thorough, and based upon the most relevant scientific evidence,” wrote Ronald C. Chen, MD, MPH, associate professor in the department of radiation oncology at UNC-Chapel Hill, and coauthors. Read the article.
According to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, men who get regular exercise have a slightly lower risk for developing initial prostate cancer. After a prostate cancer diagnosis, patients who maintain a routine of vigorous activity just three hours each week have a much better survival rate. For men who have prostate cancer, working out with these three exercises is especially important. 1. Kegel exercises 2. Weight training 3. Walking Read the article.