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Decatur Memorial Hospital Now Offers A C-11 Choline PET CT To Men With Recurrent Prostate Cancer

According to a press release from the Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur Ill., after their having completed a clinical trial evaluating C-11 Choline PET CT and in men who have suffered a biochemical relapse of prostate cancer, they are now offering the C-11 Choline PET CT commercially. C-11 Choline uses an FDA approved tracer which, after injection, highlights more precisely than current tracers the location of prostate cancer tumors. This technology might allow men experiencing an early prostate cancer recurrence to “go after” these tumors before they spread even farther into the body. In the largest published study in the [...]

Social Security Disability Insurance and Prostate Cancer

Men who have been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer and as a result are unable to work may be able to qualify for social security disability benefits.  Under the current regulations any man who is metastatic, has late stage, and/or terminal prostate cancer should automatically meet the SSA’s eligibility requirements for disability benefits. If you have late stage prostate cancer you should be able to receive a confirmation of their benefits within a few weeks of making your application.  When making decisions the SSA office relies on a standardized guide called the SSA Blue Book. Prostate cancer appears under section [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|advocacy, Uncategorized, United States|0 Comments

For USA readers – Protect Our Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Funding

UPDATE June &, 2016 4:30 PM EST We won. The Durbin Amendment to save all cancer research funding at the Department of Defense passed 66-32, saving the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), which includes an important prostate cancer funding resource. Thank you to everyone from Malecare Cancer Support and all of our partner organizations for sending in your emails and making your phone calls. Three cheers for you! To see how your Senators voted on this important matter go to the bottom of this post.  If your Senator voted YEA send an email thanking them.  However, if they voted [...]

By | June 2nd, 2016|DOD, DOD PCRP, Politics of Cancer, United States|0 Comments

Prostate Cancer drugs cost more in the USA than in other countries.

The cost of Enzalutamide (Xtandi) in the United States is being challenged by Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), a public interest advocacy group.  The average US wholesale price of Xtandi in 2015 was $88 per capsule.   That can add up to $129,000 annual cost per man. There are significant issues related to high costs of treatment. The higher the cost, the more likely that insurance companies will  require pre-authorization to cover the cost of the drug.  That means a man dealing with advanced stage disease is tasked with asking his doctor to spend uncompensated time fighting the insurance company for his [...]

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