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New Treatment Can Help Cancer Patients Keep Their Hair

New Treatment Can Help Cancer Patients Keep Their Hair | Prostate Cancer Information | Scoop.it

Chemotherapy treatments are not without their share of potential side effects. From the nausea and fatigue that patients must suffer through to the strong potential of hair loss, each one makes fighting a positive diagnosis of cancer a very tough proposition no matter how it’s cracked. A new treatment, however, may have unlocked the key to helping patients maintain their hair throughout chemotherapy treatments.

This treatment option has a number of different brand names based on the specific device used, but it’s generally what’s known as cold cap therapy. This involves the use of a special cap that is placed on the head before, during and after chemotherapy treatments. The cap is brought down into the freezing temperature range and essentially protects the hair follicles from damage as chemotherapy drugs surge through the veins.

Cold cap therapy has been used in Europe and has recently made its way across the pond. Researchers in California have been delving into its success and have indicated the findings are quite positive with most patients keeping their hair. Official results are not yet available.

Although new, some oncologists in America are offering cold cap therapy for women and men alike to ease this side effect that tends to cause self-esteem problems for those facing cancer treatments. Since it is new, insurance may not cover the procedure, but many doctors are doing their part to help make it as available to patients as possible. While it’s not a 100 percent guarantee that hair loss won’t go along with chemo, cold cap therapy offers a strong chance for those who use it with every treatment, as directed, to keep most if not all of their hair.

Patients interested in learning more about cold cap therapy can speak with their oncologist about this option. While some of the side effects of the lifesaving chemo process cannot be avoided entirely, hair loss may no longer be one of them.

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Dr. Echt and his team at the Prostate Seed Institute offer the most highly sophisticated methods of radiation therapy available in the United States, equal to that found in major medical center and academic settings. These include prostate seed implantation, high dose radiation implants, and external beam radiation with image-guided and intensity-modulated (IGRT and IMRT) capabilities.

 

 

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Selecting the Right Doctor for Prostate Cancer Treatment

Selecting the Right Doctor for Prostate Cancer Treatment | Prostate Cancer Information | Scoop.it

If the diagnosis is prostate cancer, there are some things that can help men select the best possible practitioner for the job. After all, confidence in the medical professional overseeing a case is critical for outcome.

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Treatment at Prostate Seed Institute

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Prostate cancer isn’t always avoidable, but there are steps men can take to improve their chances of remaining cancer free. Leading a healthy lifestyle that’s active and supported by a balanced diet can make a huge difference.

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Know Risks of Prostate Cancer

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Although diet and prostate cancer risk haven’t been definitively linked, there are some steps men can take to improve overall health and perhaps lower their risks in the process.

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Prostate Cancer and the PSA Debate

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Screening for prostate cancer is something that men are recommended to do on a regular basis. And for good reason. Prostate cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in men but it is also easily treated. Because there are often no symptoms associated with prostate cancer - especially in the earliest stages - screening becomes even more important in terms of identifying disease so that treatment can begin immediately.

Prostate cancer screening generally includes a digital rectal exam in a doctor’s office during which the doctor is able to feel for any lumps or unusual growths and the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test during which a blood test measures the levels of PSA in a man’s blood. An elevated level of PSA can indicate the presence of prostate cancer. If either of these screenings indicate the need for further testing, then a doctor may order a transrectal ultrasound or biopsy to ultimately make a diagnosis.

There continues to be a debate, however, about whether men should include a PSA test in their routine prostate cancer screening.

The reason for the debate is because the PSA test may not accurately translate to the existence of prostate cancer. Elevated PSA levels can also signify the presence of infection or the commonly occurring - and benign - prostate enlargement. In fact, it has been shown that approximately only one in four men who have elevated PSA levels actually have prostate cancer.

The other school of thought is that an elevated PSA level may lead to the discovery of prostate tumors that ultimately are slow growing and would have never grown past the prostate itself or caused any complications whatsoever. Instead, treatment itself for the tumor can cause a variety of complications including incontinence, impotence, infection, and more.

Ultimately, it is recommended that screening for prostate cancer in whatever way makes sense, should be a decision to left to the patient and his doctor.

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Dr. Echt and his team at the Prostate Seed Institute offer the most highly sophisticated methods of radiation therapy available in the United States, equal to that found in major medical center and academic settings. These include prostate seed implantation, high dose radiation implants, and external beam radiation with image-guided and intensity-modulated (IGRT and IMRT) capabilities.

 

 

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Know the facts of cancer

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Prostate cancer is common in older men. By age 50, about one-third of American men have microscopic signs of prostate cancer.

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Contact PSI

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Prostate Seed Institute Provides Cancer Treatments to Americans Living in Mexico. As the United States debates an overhaul of its health care system, thousands of American retirees have moved to Mexico.

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Veterans with Prostate Cancer

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Prostate Seed Institute is operated with the guiding principles that are important to Dr. Echt which means, in this case, that the Institute is wholly patient-focused with customized treatment plans tailored to meet each patient’s needs.

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What is the prostate

Find information helpful to our pilot patients. After a pilot has received a prostate seed implant, the pilot needs to obtain all documentation regarding his diagnosis and treatment employed.

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Treatment at Prostate Seed Institute

Prostate cancer treatment to Americans living in Mexico is provided by Prostate Seed Institute. Get state of the art prostate cancer treatments for patients living in Mexico.

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Who is at risk for prostate cancer?

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Get the best prostate cancer doctors and specialist providing prostate cancer treatments through seed implants at Prostate Seed Institute! Find information on curing prostate cancer, symptoms and treatment options including radiation therapy.
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All men are at risk. The most common risk factor is age. More than 70 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year are over the age of 65.

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Background on Prostate Cancer

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Get Prostate cancer treatments, detect symptoms, tests, seed implants & cancer treatment options by Prostate Seed Institute!
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Except for skin cancer, cancer of the prostate is the most common type of cancer found in American men. 

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Prostate Cancer and the PSA Debate

Prostate Cancer and the PSA Debate | Prostate Cancer Information | Scoop.it

Screening for prostate cancer is something that men are recommended to do on a regular basis. And for good reason, prostate cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in men but it is also easily treated.

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prostateseedinstitute.com treatment options

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Prostate cancer is almost always an older man’s disease. It is very rare for a man under the age of 40 to develop this disease. About six in 10 cases, however, are diagnosed in males around the age of 65.

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prostate cancer is diagnosed early

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Prostate cancer is one of the more common forms of this class of diseases. Only present in men, it claims an estimated 28,000 lives each year.

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Diagnosis at Prostate Seed Institute

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Prostate cancer is a very common diagnosis and a type of cancer that is easily treated for many men. 

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Treatment at Prostate Seed Institute

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Dr. Gregory Echt is a radiation oncologist, a doctor who specializes in using radiation to treat cancer.

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Our testimonials

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We have treated a number of pilots with prostate brachytherapy and they are all anxious to resume working as quickly as possible.

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Know the Symptoms?

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Prostate cancer often does not cause symptoms for many years. By the time symptoms occur, the disease may have spread beyond the prostate.

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More info on prostate?

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The prostate is a combination of glands, ducts, and muscle tissue. It is part of the male reproductive system.

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Know about the Diagnosis

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Learn about prostate cancer symptoms, testing, diagnosis, treatment with seed implants! We offer the best prostate cancer treatment options in Dallas, Las Colinas, Oklahoma, North Texas and Canada.
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Prostate Seed Implants Show Promise for Long-term Results

Prostate Seed Implants Show Promise for Long-term Results | Prostate Cancer Information | Scoop.it

A diagnosis of prostate cancer is scary for any man, to be sure. But, if there’s any bright spot to be found, it’s the fact that, when found early, prostate cancer is highly curable. That doesn’t mean that prostate cancer sufferers haven’t had their share of hurdles in terms of treatment. In the past, the options for treatment, while effective, often left patients with life-changing side effects. But advancements in treatment have changed the way that prostate cancer patients tackle their disease and live their life following cancer. And a big part of that change is the development of prostate seed implants or brachytherapy. 

 

During brachytherapy, tiny radioactive pellets (about the size of a piece of rice) are placed directly into the prostate gland near the tumor. As the pellet disintegrates, a small amount of radiation is slowly and consistently released. This has shown enormous promise for many reasons including:

 

* Brachytherapy provides an effective localized treatment. The ability to target the prostate tumor allows for surrounding healthy tissues to be minimally impacted by radiation.

 

* Brachytherapy typically takes about an hour to perform, making it much less invasive than traditional therapy. Patients are able to return home the same day and return to their normal activities within just a few days.

 

* The procedure itself is relatively painless which makes for a quicker recovery and fewer side effects.

 

* The effectiveness of the treatment is the same - and often better - than the results achieved through surgery.

 

* Sexual side effects following brachytherapy, as opposed to traditional surgery, are much lower.

 

Best of all, prostate seed implantation has been shown to have outstanding long-term results for patients under the age of 60, allowing them to live longer, healthier lives with healthy sexual function. For all these reasons, brachytherapy continues to be the fastest growing method of treatment for prostate cancer.

 

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Dr. Echt and his team at the Prostate Seed Institute offer the most highly sophisticated methods of radiation therapy available in the United States, equal to that found in major medical center and academic settings. These include prostate seed implantation, high dose radiation implants, and external beam radiation with image-guided and intensity-modulated (IGRT and IMRT) capabilities.

 

 

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What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer? | Prostate Cancer Information | Scoop.it
Information on symptoms of prostate cancer from the Prostate Seed Institute. Learn about the symptoms of prostate cancer and cancer treatment using seed implants, radiation therapy and proton therapy.
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Prostate cancer often does not cause symptoms for many years. By the time symptoms occur, the disease may have spread beyond the prostate.

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What is the prostate?

What is the prostate? | Prostate Cancer Information | Scoop.it
Find the best cancer treatment at - Prostate Seed Institute. Our Prostate cancer specialist determines the prostate cancer stage and performs seed implants, early stage prostate cancer treatments at our prostate cancer clinic.
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The prostate is a combination of glands, ducts, and muscle tissue. It is part of the male reproductive system.

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