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  1. -04-08-09 Prostate Cancer Drug Shows Promise (Time.com)
      "An experimental drug for advanced prostate cancer has shown preliminary success in the first and second phases of clinical trials, shrinking cancer tumors in the lab and reducing signs of the disease in patients with drug-resistant cancer, according to a report published in the April 10 issue of the journal Science."

      "Prostate cancer, which kills 29,000 men in the U.S. each year, is a tenacious disease in advanced stages." 04-09

  2. -08-05-08 Prostate Cancer Screening Issues (U.S. News)
      "Screening for early signs of cancer may seem like a no-brainer. Screening can catch tumors at an early stage, but research also shows that screening doesn't consistently extend life span, and it can lead to aggressive and unnecessary follow-up tests or treatments that can leave men incontinent and impotent. Some doctors even believe that for certain men the test causes more harm than good. In fact, new guidelines released Monday by the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommend that men 75 or older skip the test if they have no reason to suspect they're at high risk. For men younger than 75, the task force concluded there isn't enough good evidence to recommend either for or against screening." 08-08

Papers
  1. -Effective Prostate Cancer Prevention Study: Finasteride (ShareCare.com)
      "A drug used to treat enlarged prostate and male pattern baldness also reduces a man's risk of prostate cancer by nearly a third, according to a large new study."

      "Published in the Aug. 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, the study is an 18-year follow-up on the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial, which took place in the late 1990s. Back then, the trial found that finasteride could reduce overall risk of prostate cancer by 25 percent -- but that it increased by 27 percent the risk of high-grade prostate cancer in those men who did wind up with the disease."

      "The concern over the high-grade cancer findings led officials back then to decline recommending finasteride as a prostate cancer prevention tool. 'Basically, this potential home-run prostate cancer intervention never happened,' Thompson said."

      "When checking back with the men involved in the earlier trial, researchers behind the new study found that the drug actually worked better than earlier reported in reducing prostate cancer risk." 08-13

  2. New Clues for Prostate Cancer (Time.com)
      "Men may hold the future in the palm of their hands -- or more specifically, in the tips of their fingers if they're wanting to know their chances of getting prostate cancer later in life." 12-10

  3. New Pill Adds Months to Lives of Prostate Cancer Patients (Time.com)
      "A new drug helps men with advanced prostate cancer live longer, even after they have not been helped by other treatments, researchers reported Wednesday. The drug, called enzalutamide, is a pill that tackles prostate tumors from several different directions, interfering with molecular pathways that help them grow. It does not cause the nausea, hair loss and other side effects often associated with chemotherapy." 08-12

  4. Prostate Cancer (National Cancer Institute)
      Provides information on the prevention, risk factors, and treatment of prostate cancer, as well as side effects of treatment. Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer for men after the age of 55. 1-04

  5. Prostate Cancer (SeniorHomes.com)
      "Prostate cancer results from the uncontrollable growth of abnormal cells in the prostate gland. When cells in the prostate are malignant, they cluster together to form small 'islands' of cancer. In many cases, it takes years for the cancer to spread and often times it does not." 10-31-12

  6. Prostate Cancer Treatment...Or No Treatment (ABC News)
      "Dr. Durado Brooks, American Cancer Society director of prostate cancer, says the first step is to understand how cancer is staged according to its severity." 02-06

  7. Prostate Cancer Treatment: Radiation (ABC News)
      "If a man decides on radiation to treat his early-stage prostate cancer, he has two basic choices: external-beam radiation or radioactive-seed implantation. Both seem equally effective." 02-06

  8. Prostate Cancer Treatment: Robotics (ABC News)
      "While traditional surgery is preformed through a single large incision in the lower abdomen, robotic surgery requires several tiny openings for the arms of the robot, the camera, the surgical assistant and a suctioning device." 02-06

   
   


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