If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, don’t assume that surgery or radiation therapy is in your future. First, talk to your doctor about how aggressive your cancer may be. While surgery or radiation is best for some aggressive cancers, it’s not always necessary.
Within a few years of using prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests, we saw an amazing shift: By the mid-1990s, most men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer were curable. Since then, studies have shown that while PSA screening reduces a man’s likelihood of dying from prostate cancer, it does not reduce overall mortality. The problem has been with how we use PSA tests.
A new screening tool for prostate cancer has been shown to offer better accuracy than the test currently used by most physicians in the United States. The new test, called the 4Kscore™ test (OPKO Lab), offers various advantages over the more commonly used prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. The new test improves on these … Read More
Prostate cancer can be hard to detect. Deciding what to do about it if we find or suspect it can be even tougher, for patients and their doctors. Of course we want to treat aggressive, potentially lethal prostate tumors. But we don’t want patients to endure needless worry and undergo unwarranted medical procedures if their … Read More
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Common myths about prostate cancer, including misconceptions about prostate-specific-antigen (PSA) testing and prostate surgery.
Here’s a less-known, but effective prostate cancer treatment: freeze the cancer cells. Using cold temperatures on prostate tissue to kill cancer cells – or what’s called cryotherapy – offers an excellent option for some prostate cancer patients, experts say. It not only works very well for the right cases, but the risk of complications is … Read More
It’s easy to see why men are confused with so much conflicting information about the right way to screen, diagnose and treat prostate cancer. While prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, it is often overdiagnosed and overtreated. To help patients make sense of prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment, here are some recommendations: … Read More
When men turn 40, they may think about how to keep their hair or lose their belly, but they may not think about seeing a urologist. They should. To take charge of their prostate, urinary and sexual health — not just to protect them from prostate cancer — I recommend every man start seeing a … Read More
When a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, the first question that comes to mind may be, “How soon can I be treated?” But treatment isn’t always the answer, especially for low-risk cases. That’s why the Oncotype DX Prostate Cancer Test made headlines when it was announced last month. The test is designed to determine … Read More
For a lot of men, entering middle age used to be fairly straightforward when it came to their health: 1. Eat less, exercise more. 2. Get a colonoscopy. 3. Schedule your first prostate cancer screening. Recently, things got a bit muddled when a group of doctors recommended against the popular prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test which … Read More