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Rise in high-end treatment for low-risk prostate cancer

The proportion of U.S. men with early, slow-growing prostate cancer who received robotic surgery and other expensive treatments increased between 2004 and 2009, according to a new study.

 

Researchers found that use of those therapies also rose among men who were unlikely to die from prostate cancer because they were sick with other chronic diseases when their cancer was diagnosed.

 

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No fewer side effects for prostate proton therapy

An expensive prostate cancer radiation treatment known as proton beam therapy has just as many side effects as a more common and cheaper radiation method, according to a new study.

 

In terms of side effects, "In the long term, there's really no difference in outcomes between proton radiation and IMRT for men with prostate cancer," said lead author Dr. James Yu, a radiation oncologist at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

 

 

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Terry Grossman M.D. Q&A on Stem Cell Pioneers

Terry Grossman M.D. Q&A on Stem Cell Pioneers | Longevity science | Scoop.it

In this issue of Stem Cell Pioneers 'Ask the Doctor,' our cofounder Terry Grossman M.D. discusses hormone replacement and stem cell therapy.

 

Read his Q&A to learn more about topics such as:

 

>Is it worth banking your stem cells? How is this accomplished?

 

>Should men with prostate cancer take testosterone?

 

>Is hormone replacement therapy a good idea for everyone?

 

 

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New diagnostic technology may lead to individualized treatments for prostate cancer - Cedars-Sinai

NanoVelcro Chip device captures and isolates potentially high-risk cancer cells

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Brian Shields's curator insight, April 14, 2013 11:02 AM

A great advancement may be on the horizon for the treatment of patients with Prostate Cancer.  The use of circulating tumor cells or "liquid biopsies" may prevent the need for painful and invasive procedures to obtain biopsy tissue.

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Gold nanoparticle prostate cancer treatment targets without collateral damage (animal tests) | KurzweilAI

Gold nanoparticle prostate cancer treatment targets without collateral damage (animal tests) | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Animal studies have been conducted successfully using gold nanoparticles to target prostate cancer tumors. Next step-- human trials...

 

Current treatments for prostate cancer are not effective in patients who have aggressive prostate cancer tumors. Most of the time, prostate cancers are slow-growing; the disease remains localized and it is easily managed. However, aggressive forms of the disease spread to other parts of the body, and is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in U.S. men.

 

The MU scientists believe their treatment will be able to shrink aggressive tumors or eliminate them completely. Axiak-Bechtel says this treatment can be safe and effective in dogs as well as humans because dogs are the only other mammal to naturally contract the aggressive form of prostate cancer.

 

 

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