Advanced Prostate Cancer

Advanced Prostate Cancer/

To Debulk Or Not To Debulk, That Is The Question

You have been diagnosed with advanced or metastatic prostate cancer. It is a shock, you have cancer and your cancer has already spread outside of the prostate gland. Your doctor might have already told you that at this stage it is no longer curable, and technically it can be called terminal! That is a lot of stuff that has been just pushed on to your plate. Theoretically, this is correct, but for many of us, despite having this diagnosis, we will not die from the prostate cancer! Treatment today allows us to delay the cancer long enough that we will [...]

Improving Your Survival – Find the Right Hospital

Today’s New York Times (8/23/16) had an article written by Austin Frakt, which should be of interest to all of us with prostate cancer. The article, “Why It’s Crucial to Choose the Right Hospital appeared on page A3. The entire article is best described by the first sentence, “There’s an exceeding simple way to get better health care: Choose a better hospital.” The article dealt specifically with hospital death statistics over the last 20 years from heart attacks, but its conclusions should be the same for any serious illness including prostate cancer. In a study performed by health economists from [...]

By | August 23rd, 2016|General Information, Survival, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treats Prostate Cancer Radiation Induced Hematuria

Post-radiation hematuria (PRH), or blood clots in the urine sometimes accompanied with bladder pain or pain in the back, has been a common side effect of radiation delivered to the pelvis. This type of radiation treatment is common as a primary prostate cancer treatment as well as for men who have a prostate cancer recurrence post surgery. One treatment for PRH, which has not been studied a lot is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO). Researchers evaluated the efficacy of HBO in the treatment of men suffering from PRH. Their retrospective study included all men with PRH treated with HBO in a [...]

Is Alkaline Phosphatase A Bio-Marker To Predict PSA Decline And Clinical Benefit From Abiraterone Acetate in Bone Metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer

Again and again I have mentioned the huge need we have for the development of reliable bio-markers. Reliable bio-markers will allow us to know which men will respond positively to a treatment (also those who will not) and when a treatment is still effective (also when it no longer is effective). These biomarkers really don’t exist, so a lot of clinical decision-making is based upon the experience and gut feeling of our doctors. This type of decision-making is not adequate in today’s world of multiple treatment options, especially when many of the treatments can foster resistance to other available treatments. [...]