By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 6 Comments
    PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer: Every Man Dec…

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has done a U-turn on PSA screening for prostate cancer. In 2012 this national group of experts recommended against routine PSA screening for men without urinary…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 2 Comments
    How to Reduce Fatigue from Prostate Cancer Radia…

    Radiation therapy is a common treatment for prostate cancer, usually lasting six to nine weeks. While it is frequently effective at slowing or stopping the growth of prostate cancer cells, radiation m…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 2 Comments
    How to Save Money by Taking Zytiga with Breakfas…

    Food and drug interactions are often unpredictable. That is why people taking warfarin are counseled to avoid leafy vegetables that could reverse the effects of this anticoagulant. People with high ch…

    By: Terry Graedon December 22, 2016 5 Comments
    Will Compound from Bacteria Offer Hope for Prost…

    An interesting new treatment for early stage prostate cancer is making headlines. Researchers describe a unique approach called vascular targeted photodynamic therapy or VPT. It utilizes the unique pr…

    By: Terry Graedon November 28, 2016 5 Comments
    Can Herbs Prevent a Recurrence of Prostate Cance…

    A few decades ago, any suggestion that herbs might reduce the risk for cancer would have been greeted with suspicion. As researchers scramble to find out what natural products might be helpful, they …

    By: Joe Graedon September 15, 2016 4 Comments
    How To Make Sense of New Prostate Cancer Researc…

    A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is creating confusion for physicians and patients. The ProtecT (Prostate Testing for Cancer and Treatment) trial was designed to answer the que…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2016 3 Comments
    Do Vitamin D Supplements Vary in Quality and Doe…

    Most people do not think much about the quality of their vitamin supplements. They just assume that the FDA is protecting them from sub-par manufacturing. Sorry to disappoint. The FDA can barely keep …

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2016 1 Comments
    Why Would Metformin and Crestor Stop Prostate Ca…

    Q. I have been treated for prostate cancer. My oncologist has recommended that I take the diabetes drug metformin and the cholesterol medication rosuvastatin to reduce my risk of recurrence. When I sa…

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2016 5 Comments
    Is High-Risk Prostate Cancer on the Rise?

    High-risk prostate cancer seems to be on the rise. Experts are debating the reasons for this alarming development. Have Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Changed? A new study found a 72 percent increase in …

    By: Terry Graedon July 4, 2016 6 Comments
    How to Raise Vitamin D and Prevent Cancer Recurr…

    People who have never been diagnosed with cancer may imagine that they will not have to face that problem. Those who have already dealt with a cancer diagnosis can no longer take that stance. Instead…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2016 4 Comments
    Will Fish Oil for the Heart Contribute to Prosta…

    For decades health professionals focused primarily on cholesterol (especially LDL cholesterol) as the chief culprit in heart disease. Now, other blood fats are considered important, especially triglyc…

    By: Terry Graedon May 12, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Take Testosterone Without Fear of Prostat…

    Men shouldn't be afraid to take testosterone if they need it, according to a new study. Are There Risks in Taking Testosterone? Experts have worried for years that testosterone therapy might increase…

    By: Terry Graedon March 10, 2016 2 Comments
    Should Men with Prostate Cancer Take Vitamin D?

    A new study indicates that men with prostate cancer should have their vitamin D level tested at the time of diagnosis. That's because low levels of this vitamin appear to be linked to a worse prognosi…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2016 4 Comments
    Does Aspirin Protect Men from Prostate Cancer De…

    Aspirin may help protect men with prostate cancer from dying due to the disease. The Physicians' Health Study involves more than 22,000 male doctors who have been followed for almost three decades. Ov…

    By: Terry Graedon December 10, 2015 1 Comments
    Blocking Testosterone May Save Lives But Harms B…

    Blocking testosterone can help fight prostate cancer but may put men at higher risk for Alzheimer's disease. There are many different treatments for prostate cancer, including surgery, radiation and d…

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2015 11 Comments
    Will Drop in PSA Screening Mean More Aggressive …

    In 2012 the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended against routine PSA screening. This blood test measures prostate specific antigen and has been used as a way of detecting potential prostate c…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2015 0 Comments
    Yoga Helps Men Get Through Prostate Cancer Treat…

    If the mention of yoga brings to mind svelte young women in leotards, think again. A new study shows that yoga has definite benefits for older men undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. Yoga Eases …

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2015 5 Comments
    Clinical Trial Pits Aspirin Plus Metformin Again…

    Overweight or obese men with prostate cancer may benefit from two surprising medications. These old drugs are well known, but not for treating prostate cancer. Old Drugs: Aspirin was introduced as a p…

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2015 0 Comments
    Vitamin D May Keep the Lid on Prostate Cancer

    Some men diagnosed with low-grade prostate cancer may be able to keep it from progressing by taking extra vitamin D. In a study, 37 men who had chosen prostatectomies were randomly assigned to take ei…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2015 1 Comments
    Double Treatment for Prostate Cancer Saves Lives

    Men with prostate cancer received some promising news this week. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed data from more than 30,000 men being treated for aggressive prostate cancer. Tho…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2014 0 Comments
    Will Ginger Cure Prostate Cancer?

    Q. I'm 68 years old and had my prostate removed in May, 2007. I have been cancer-free for seven years, but now the cancer has returned. I'm on Lupron to control it. Several family members sent me an a…

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2014 0 Comments
    Bald Men at Higher Risk of Aggressive Prostate C…

    Men with male pattern baldness may be at higher risk for aggressive prostate cancer. That's the finding from a study of nearly 40,000 men published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The researchers…

    By: Terry Graedon May 1, 2014 0 Comments
    Low Vitamin D Levels Put Prostate Cancer Patient…

    Vitamin D deficiency could be bad news for men with prostate cancer. A new study analyzed data from nearly 700 men undergoing an initial prostate biopsy. In addition to the pathology reports, investig…

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2014 1 Comments
    Surgery vs Active Surveillance: Swedish Study Ti…

    A long-term study from Sweden suggests that men with early prostate cancer may benefit more from radical prostatectomy than active surveillance, also termed watchful waiting. Roughly 700 men were rand…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2014 0 Comments
    Sleeping Problems May Boost Risk of Dangerous Pr…

    Men who have trouble sleeping might be at greater risk for developing advanced prostate cancer, according to a study of more than 900 Icelandic men. The men gave urine samples at the beginning of the …

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2014 0 Comments
    Why Brisk Walkers Have Better Outcomes from Pros…

    Long-term research has given some clues to why men who exercise more have a better outlook for prostate cancer. The Health Professionals Follow-Up Study began in 1986 with more than 50,000 men in the …

    By: Terry Graedon November 27, 2013 3 Comments
    Fish Oil to Fight Recurrence of Prostate Cancer

    Men worried about prostate cancer have been challenged by conflicting advice about fish oil. A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported that men who had the high…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2013 3 Comments
    Heavy Coffee Drinkers Reduce Risk of Prostate Ca…

    Men with prostate cancer who are coffee drinkers may be less likely to experience a recurrence of their disease. Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle tracked about 1,00…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2013 1 Comments
    Diabetes Drug Boosts Survival from Prostate Canc…

    Metformin is the drug of choice for treating type 2 diabetes. This medication was first approved by the FDA in 1994, even though it had been used in Europe since the 1950s. A new study shows that metf…

    By: Terry Graedon August 15, 2013 2 Comments
    Prostate Drug Cuts Cancer but Doesn’t Save…

    A very large study called the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial randomized more than 18,000 men to take finasteride or placebo for seven years. Finasteride, also known as Proscar, reduces the conversio…

    By: Joe Graedon July 18, 2013 4 Comments
    Are We Overtreating Prostate Cancer?

    A study just published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (July 17, 2013) will no doubt create a firestorm of controversy within the urology community. Before we offer any comments…

    By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2013 41 Comments
    Fish Oil Linked to Prostate Cancer?

    Do you ever get the feeling that you are damned if you do and damned if you don't? That could easily be the conclusion of a new study about omega-3 fatty acids and prostate cancer. For the last 30 yea…

    By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2013 1 Comments
    Soy No Help Against Prostate Cancer Recurrence

    Soy does not protect men from prostate cancer recurrence. Epidemiologists have long noted that prostate cancer is much lower in Asian countries. One hypothesis to explain this difference is dietary. P…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2013 2 Comments
    Will BPA Lead Prostate Cells Astray?

    Bisphenol A, known as BPA, is widely used in food and beverage packaging. It's found in the lining of cans used for soup, soda and beer. Many cash register receipts are also coated with BPA. The worry…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2013 2 Comments
    Diet Rich in Selenium Reduces Risk of Prostate C…

    Men who get extra selenium in their diets may have a lower risk of developing advanced prostate cancer. Dutch researchers analyzed data from nearly 60,000 men who were followed up for almost 20 years.…

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2013 2 Comments
    Choosing a Treatment for Prostate Cancer

    Men with prostate cancer have difficult choices to make about their therapy. The two most common options are surgical removal of the prostate or radiation. Until now, radiation has been perceived to h…

    By: Terry Graedon July 19, 2012 5 Comments
    Surgery No Better Than Observation for Local Pro…

    Men with localized prostate cancer may not benefit from radical surgery. There are few areas in medicine that are more controversial than detecting and treating prostate cancer. Conventional wisdom ha…

    By: Terry Graedon July 19, 2012 1 Comments
    Tea and Gold Combine to Fight Prostate Cancer

    Researchers at the University of Missouri have announced promising findings from mouse studies of prostate cancer. They studied a combination of nanoparticles of radioactive gold with a compound found…

    By: Terry Graedon July 12, 2012 0 Comments
    Selenium Lowers Risk of Prostate Cancer

    Confusion continues about prostate cancer screening and treatment. That's why there is so much interest in prevention strategies. Some men have heard that selenium may have a protective effect. Now a …

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2012 7 Comments
    Many Doctors Plan to Keep Screening PSA

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended that doctors drop routine PSA screening for prostate cancer. This decision was based on large, long-term, prospective trials that showed PS…