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Prostate Cancer Surgery and Pelvic Floor Exercises: What to Know

In this video, shared by Continence Foundation of Australia, listen to Specialist Continence & Women’s Health Physiotherapist, Shan Morrison, as she discusses urinary incontinence in men after prostate cancer surgery. Dr. Morrison also talks about pelvic floor exercises and how these can help men in their recovery. Watch the video here.

Alcohol intake, drinking patterns, and prostate cancer risk and mortality

A Finnish study found that heavy regular alcohol consumption and binge drinking during midlife were significantly associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer risk. Men who were heavy drinkers (>14 drinks/week) were at a 46% higher risk of prostate cancer compared to those who were light drinkers (≤ 3 drinks/week). Among current drinkers, binge drinkers – defined as consuming 5 or more drinks in one sitting at least once per month – were at a 28% increased risk of prostate cancer compared to non-binge drinkers. Abstinence was associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer-specific mortality compared to light …

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Trends in targeted prostate brachytherapy: from multiparametric MRI to nanomolecular radiosensitizers

Brachytherapy, a form of localized radiation therapy, has been shown to be one of the most effective methods for delivering high radiation doses to the cancer; however, recent evidence suggests that increasing the localized radiation dose without bound may cause unacceptable increases in long-term side effects. This review focuses on methods that have been proposed, or are already in clinical use, to safely escalate the dose of radiation within the prostate. Read the article here.

Prostate Multiparametric MRI Feasible for PCa Screening

Robert K. Nam, MD, from the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto, and colleagues examined the feasibility of prostate MRI as the primary screening test for prostate cancer in a cohort of unselected men from the general population. All participants underwent prostate multiparametric MRI and random or targeted biopsies as well as prostate-specific antigen testing. Initial results showed that prostate MRI was better to predict prostate cancer than PSA. Read the article here.

Metastatic prostate cancer cases skyrocket

The number of new cases of metastatic prostate cancer climbed 72 percent in the past decade from 2004 to 2013, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. The report considers whether a recent trend of fewer men being screened may be contributing to the rise, or whether the disease has become more aggressive—or both. Read the article here.

Roswell Park-Led Study: Photoacoustic Imaging Is Promising Option for Noninvasive Monitoring of Prostate Cancer

A team of scientists led by researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo have demonstrated that photoacoustic imaging (PAI) may be an effective tool for more accurately viewing and monitoring prostate cancer. Photoacoustic imaging of enabled good discrimination between cells with and without the cancer marker, PSMA. Read the article here.

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