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Wealthy Advanced Prostate Cancer Men Live Longer

Men living in wealthier zip codes in the United States live longer with advanced prostate cancer than men in lower income zip codes.  Creighton University, Omaha, NE  researchers studied income levels and overall survival of men diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer.  Lead author Sabra Ahmed and his team looked at 50,639 men in the National Cancer Database diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer between 2004-2011 . Income was evaluated using the median income of the patient’s zip code.  Ahmed's abstract is being presented at the ASCO GU conference this weekend (Impact of income in stage IV prostate cancer. abstract #244) His conclusions: "Compared to [...]

By | February 15th, 2017|disparities, Disparities, End-Of-Life|0 Comments

An Easier, Cheaper and More Comfortable Way To Take Zytiga

Rather than taking – and paying – for the full Zytiga dose on an empty stomach, ask your doctor if you could get the same effect from taking just one fourth of your Zytiga dose while enjoying a low-fat or high-fat breakfast. A small phase two study of 36 prostate cancer patients who took 250 mg of Zytiga after a low-fat breakfast had almost the same outcomes as 36 other prostate cancer patients who took the regular 1000mg dose on an empty stomach. These 72 patients were from the United States and from Singapore. Their age rage was from 52 [...]

Men Who Fail Primary Radiation Can Have Good Results After Salvage Surgery

Men who have decided to have radiation as their first (primary) treatment for prostate cancer have a one-third chance of recurrence. Some of those men have salvage radical prostatectomy (SRP)  to fight the recurrence.  A study shows this might be a good idea. Antoni Vilaseca, MD, etal from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, studied 251 men who had a Salvage Radical Prostatectomy (SRP) after they failed their primary treatment with external beam radiation therapy, brachytherapy (seeds), or with both. The researchers evaluated long-term oncologic outcomes (survival and disease progression) of the SRP in general as well as evaluating if using minimally [...]

The 5 Important Questions We Need To Ask Men Who Are End Stage – Handling Grief

Advanced prostate cancer will eventually end, barring another cause of death, with the demise of the individual survivor. Knowing that you suffer from a terminal illness is hard, it is hard on the family and it is hard on the individual. Many of us don’t think about it, but it is also hard for many of our healthcare professionals. We all have great difficulty dealing with the thought of the eventual and then the actual death of our loved one. In many cases this difficulty also extends to our healthcare professionals. Like the family, they need to find a way [...]