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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 [...]

Cancer Diagnosis Causes Increased Emotional Problems for Too Many of Us

Being diagnosed with cancer is tough. Being diagnosed with cancer is often coupled with clinically meaningful levels of mental or emotional distress. Researchers in Germany have found that during the prior four weeks nearly a third of more than 2,100 cancer survivors interviewed at inpatient and outpatient care centers experienced mental or emotional distress that meets the strict diagnostic criteria for mental disorders including anxiety, depressive and adjustment disorders. In the normal, non-cancer survivor population we would not expect to see rates higher than 18% at most. When the researchers evaluated the types of disorders they found that 11.5% of [...]

By | December 23rd, 2016|General Information, How We Live, mental health, Research, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cognition and Hormone Therapy (ADT)

There have been numerous studies examining the how hormone deprivation (ADT), in the treatment of prostate cancer, has on a man’s cognition. There have been contradictor studies about this issue, however having had the experience and the honor of dealing with so many men with prostate cancer treated with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), as well as my own personal experience, I must fall in line and agree with an online published study that shows that men on ADT are likely to experience cognitive impairment of some type. The study was small, as all of the other studies have been, followed [...]

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 [...]