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Hamilton study a “game changer” for prostate cancer treatment

October 23, 2016

A “game changer” study has concluded many prostate cancer patients need half as much radiation treatment as currently given. Ontario hospitals are already starting to change treatment to four weeks from the standard eight because of the study led by Hamilton’s Juravinski and Toronto’s Princess Margaret cancer centres. Read the article here.

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10-Year Outcomes after Monitoring, Surgery, or Radiotherapy for Localized Prostate Cancer

September 21, 2016

This New England Journal of Medicine article gives  the results of a randomized trial of 3 possible prostate cancer treatments.  It is rather long and academic, but shows similar results for the 3 options. Read the article here.

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Technical improvements preserve potency after treatment for prostate cancer

September 13, 2016

A new form of highly personalised treatment for prostate cancer is showing promise in preserving potency. The new technique, termed “vessel sparing radiation”, preserved erectile function in 80 per cent of men at the five-year follow-up while maintaining excellent cure rates. Read the article.

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SBRT for prostate cancer treatment offers higher cure rate than many traditional approaches

July 24, 2016

A five-year study shows that Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) to treat prostate cancer offers a higher cure rate than more traditional approaches. The study – the first trial to publish five-year results from SBRT treatment for prostate cancer – found a 98.6 percent cure rate with SBRT, a noninvasive form of radiation treatment that […]

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For prostate cancer, more radiation may not improve survival

June 19, 2016

New technology has enabled doctors to administer higher doses of radiation to prostate cancer patients with fewer side effects. However, a new study shows that escalating the dose may not actually help a patient in the long term, at least not patients with localized prostate cancer. Read the article.

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Possible link found between radiotherapy for prostate cancer and risk of secondary cancers

May 23, 2016

Researchers have found a possible association between radiotherapy for the treatment of prostate cancer and an increased risk of developing secondary cancers of the bladder, colorectal tract, and rectum. Read the article.

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Radical Prostatectomy Versus Radiation and Androgen Deprivation Therapy for Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer: How Good Is the Evidence?

March 6, 2016

The optimal treatment of clinically localized prostate cancer is controversial. Most studies focus on biochemical (PSA) failure when comparing radical prostatectomy (RP) with radiation therapy (RT), but this endpoint has not been validated as predictive of overall survival (OS) or cause-specific survival (CSS) The available literature was analyzed to determine whether reliable conclusions could be […]

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Yoga Can Reduce Side Effects Of Radiation Treatment In Prostate Cancer Patients

February 7, 2016

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found that men undergoing radiation treatment for prostate cancer can stabilize and even decrease the side effects of the treatment with yoga. Read the article.

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Advances in Radiation Treatment for Prostate Cancer

February 7, 2016

This somewhat general article discusses various radiation options for prostate cancer, including: High Dose Rate brachytherapy – a form of focal therapy High fraction external beam radiotherapy Read the article.

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Video: Dr. Padraig Warde, “Radiation Therapy: Where we are 2014 and where we are going”

December 28, 2015

November 2014 Scotiabank Awareness Night   Radiation Therapy: Where we 2014 and where we are going Dr. Padraig Warde, MB, ChB, BAO, FRCPC Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Professor, Dept of Radiation Oncology, U of Toronto Staff Radiation Oncologist, Princess Margaret Hospital/University Health Network Provincial Head, Radiation Treatment Program Cancer Care Ontario CLICK ON THE ARROW […]

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