Please note: Our next Awareness Night is Wed. Nov. 22, not Nov. 29 as has appeared in some places.

Treatments

Video: “Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer”

October 10, 2017

September 2017 Awareness Night Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer Dr. Juanita Crook, MD, FRCPC Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of British Columbia Radiation Oncologist,  Center for the Southern Interior in Kelowna BC             CLICK ON THE ARROW TO START THE VIDEO The Complete Presentation 47:27 minutes

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Researchers Look To Gold To Help Combat Prostate Cancer

September 3, 2017

The latest approach to treating prostate cancer uses nanoparticles of gold and lasers to kill the cancer cells. Read the article here.

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Active Surveillance

September 3, 2017

Predicting outcomes on active surveillance for intermediate-risk patients Read the article here. Active Surveillance for Intermediate-risk Prostate Cancer Challenged Read the article here. Active Surveillance versus Watchful Waiting Read the article here. Surgery isn’t necessarily best for prostate cancer, according to study led by Minneapolis VA Read the article here.

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High-dose radiation therapy as effective as surgery for aggressive prostate cancer

September 3, 2017

A study by researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center provides convincing evidence that radiation-based treatments and surgery are equally effective treatments for aggressive prostate cancer. It also suggests that a particular form of radiation therapy, consisting of external radiation followed by brachytherapy (a type of radiation treatment in which a radioactive source is […]

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Cesium-131 Brachytherapy

September 3, 2017

Some experts see Cesium-131 as an optimal version of brachytherapy because it is both fast-acting and has a shorter delivery time than other brachytherapies — about 30 days. A key advantage is shorter recuperation periods, meaning patients can recover their urinary, bowel, and sexual functions quicker than with other brachytherapy solutions. Read the article here.

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Robotic Surgery for Radical Prostatectomy : OHTAC Recommendation

September 3, 2017

The Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC) has recommended against publicly funding robotic surgery for prostate cancer. OHTAC determined there was not enough evidence that the minimally invasive procedure is better than traditional open surgery to justify the increased price of $6,000 per patient. Read article 1 here. Read article 2 here.

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Video: “Partial gland ablation for localized prostate cancer: Who is eligible and what are the risks?”

August 16, 2017

July 2017 Awareness Night Partial gland ablation for localized prostate cancer: Who is eligible and what are the risks? Dr. Nathan Perlis, MD, MSc, FRCSC Clinical assistant, Division of Urology, University Health Network Clinical fellow, Society of Urological Oncology, University of Toronto     CLICK ON THE ARROW TO START THE VIDEO The Complete Presentation […]

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Video: Active Surveillance: Protecting Patients from Harm – Dr. Laurence Klotz

August 2, 2017

From a conference in May 2017, a comprehensive overview of active surveillance by one of the experts in the field. View video.

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Abiraterone Delays Metastatic Prostate Cancer Growth by 18 Months, Extends Survival

July 2, 2017

Adding abiraterone acetate (Zytiga) plus prednisone to standard hormonal therapy for men newly diagnosed with high-risk, metastatic prostate cancer lowers the chance of death by 38%. In a phase III clinical trial of 1,200 men, abiraterone also more than doubled the median time until the cancer worsened, from 14.8 months to 33 months. Read the […]

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Immunotherapy

July 2, 2017

Immunotherapy is an exciting new field of study that is designed to boost the body’s immune system to fight cancer. It uses materials either made by the body or in a lab to improve, target or restore immune function. There are different types of immunotherapy including vaccines, monoclonal antibodies and non-specific immunotherapies. In prostate cancer, […]

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