Not to be confused with “watchful waiting,” active surveillance is not a do-nothing approach.
This section summarizes key points to consider when you’ve been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer. The list is by no means exhaustive, and there might be other points that you want to think about as well. The goal is to help you focus on what you need to know about each stage of disease so you can hold meaningful, regular dialogues with all members of your health care team as you find the treatment path that’s right for you.
It’s not your father’s prostate cancer anymore.
We’re not done yet, not by a long shot. There’s much more work to do. Already, the death rate is half of what it used to be 20 years ago. Many men who have metastatic prostate cancer are not going to die of it; with these new approaches, we are putting them into long remissions.
“The takeaway finding is that men with high-grade, localized prostate cancer do better when they get multimodal care,” said Dr. Amar Kishan, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, who led the study. “If they can tolerate it, then that’s what should be offered.”
The backbone of the trial is hormonal therapy (Lupron and abiraterone plus prednisone), and then we’re layering the radiotherapy and multiple modalities of immunotherapy to activate the anti-tumor immune response.”
African-American men have the highest risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer as well as dying from it compared to any other ethnic group in the U.S. This trend has remained unchanged for over four decades.
In my case, the first week after diagnosis was bad, but that was it.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Western men, and is now responsible for more deaths than breast cancer in the UK. Prostate cancer is more common in older men, and twice as common in Afro-Caribbean men compared to Caucasian men and in those whose fathers or brothers have had it.
In 1966, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman.” While major advances have been made in health care, ethnic and racial disparities remain in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many illnesses, particularly prostate cancer.
Some prostate-cancer doctors are using a genomics test to decide which patients need surgery and which ones can follow ‘active surveillance.’
The prostate-specific antigen is a protein produced by the prostate gland and secreted into semen. It can be measured in the blood as an indicator of diseases affecting the prostate gland. Since the 1980s, PSA tests have been used for the diagnosis and follow-up of prostate cancer. However, its use as a screening test for prostate cancer remains controversial.
What's it like to live for a year with cancer? You get on with life because what else can you do, or should you do? And you try to fill it with purpose and pleasure, with things you can honestly tell yourself are valuable, and all the while you practice getting ready to die.
The support of other men helped me get through the many challenges nobody seems to talk about.
Now, for the first time, researchers have results from two independent clinical trials showing that two different drugs help these patients — giving them about two more years before their cancer metastasizes. That means two additional years before pain and other symptoms spread and they need chemotherapy or other treatments.
After I got over the shock of hearing I had cancer (though I must admit I’m still not quite over it), I realized I had to educate myself. My urologist told me I had three options, watchful waiting or active surveillance, radiation, or surgery.
When I reach my 70s, I don’t plan on asking my primary care doctor to screen me for prostate cancer unless, by that time, we have found much better ways of identifying and treating high-risk cancers. Sometimes when you go looking for trouble, that’s what you’ll find.
Surgery, cryoblation, or radiation? Not so fast.
“Don’t freak out about it, that’s the main thing I'm trying to tell people,” Pinsky says. I think a lot of people, they hear ‘cancer’ and they go: ‘Get it out! Get it out! Get it out!’” But treating prostate cancer is an individualized process, Pinsky says, that requires comprehensive consultation with an experienced clinician. The treatment he received may not necessarily be right for every patient. The lesson is: invest time and resources to finding a doctor who will devote his focus to your personal circumstance.
Several new prostate-cancer tests aim to reduce needless biopsies and unnecessary treatments by sorting out harmless from aggressive tumors.
A new study suggests that MRI scans could improve prostate cancer diagnosis rates and save one in four men from having unnecessary and, ahem, invasive biopsies.
Prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer for men. And, yet, the first step of a doctor’s diagnosis for it remains crude: inserting the index finger into the anus.
Each individual patient’s prostate cancer treatment depends on many factors – the man’s age, overall health, staging of the cancer and its location. Tailoring a treatment plan best suited for each patient’s unique needs is necessary to have the best outcome. When the options available are thoroughly explained, a man and his physician will be better prepared to choose the one right for him.
"The debate on whether one should intervene with curative treatment (radical prostatectomy or radiation therapy) in all men diagnosed with prostate cancer continues and is further fueled by updated data from the original Swedish study originally published in NEJM a decade ago and now updated".
Now at least half of men diagnosed with the disease opt to monitor it instead of choosing surgery or radiation.
With his checkered Wall Street past, Michael Milken may seem the unlikeliest of philanthropists. But he's also proven to be one of the best.
Seemingly overnight, treatment of men with early-stage prostate cancer has undergone a sea change. Five years ago, nearly all opted for surgery or radiation; now, nearly half are choosing no treatment at all.
Celebrating masculinity does not actually protect men.
Researchers have long struggled to detect evidence of cancer in the skeletons and mummified flesh of the ancient dead. But recorded cases of cancer in ancient populations are rare.
PSA screening creates more problems than the cancer itself and as a result just about every major organization is no longer recommending routine PSA screening.
A growing body of evidence and treatment guidelines support the fact that less invasive radiation therapy is equally effective in curing or controlling cancer as surgical removal of the prostate, known as radical prostatectomy.
After twenty years, what began as a hunch about prostate cancer has turned into a remarkable breakthrough.
The country is embarking on a huge screening program for prostate cancer which is likely to cost billions and may lead to many unnecessary operations, especially for elderly patients. But what may be bad at the national-policy level could be a lifesaver at the individual level for men in their fifties and early sixties.
“There are many ways to treat prostate cancer,” Dr. Ashutosh Tewari, head of urologic oncology at New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital, told me. “You can cut it, poison it, starve it, burn it, freeze it, or you can electrocute it.”
ZERO's mission is to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.
The Prostate Cancer Treatment Guide is a comprehensive source of prostate cancer information that is written plainly and organized conveniently into a chart. The simple layout of this guide will ease the daunting task of learning about treatments after receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis. The guide is not a substitution for a doctor, but its complete and easy-to-understand information will prepare readers for the journey ahead.
Tackle prostate cancer is a campaign run by The National Federation of Prostate Cancer Support Groups which raises the awareness of Prostate Cancer and and is trying to encourage more men to get tested to help save more lives.
Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network is a 501-c-3 nonprofit, grassroots organization started in 1990 by prostate cancer survivors for prostate cancer patients, survivors, their spouses/partners and families.
We aim to provide basic information - and links to more detailed sites - for people who have recently had the news of a prostate cancer diagnosis.
Information for Treatment of Prostate Cancer.
We are dedicated to helping men and their companions with the social, emotional and sexual issues that are forced upon them by prostate cancer. The emphasis is on the side-effects of various treatments such as impotency and incontinence which can destroy a man's self-identity, his confidence and his relationships.
This site contains several "calculators" which use artificial intelligence to make predictions about various medical conditions of the prostate.
Information on the yearly awareness event.
Our mission is to raise funds for research into the prevention, treatment and cure of prostate cancer by engaging Canadians through awareness, education, and advocacy.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world's leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia is the national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA plays a vital role in the fight against prostate cancer and devotes all of it resources towards reducing the impact of prostate cancer on the community.
Anyone with an interest in prostate cancer (patients, family members, physicians, other health care professionals, activists, and advocates) from all around the world is welcome here to share information; to seek, receive, and offer support; or just to monitor discussion and progress on Planet Prostate Cancer.
The objective of PCRI is to educate patients and their families about prostate cancer. This includes new advances in diagnosis, staging, treatments and available resources. PCRI believes that a patient who understands his disease and treatment is empowered to communicate more effectively with his physicians and obtain a better outcome.
The Prostate Cancer Treatment Guide is a comprehensive source of prostate cancer information that is written plainly and organized conveniently into a chart. The simple layout of this guide will ease the daunting task of learning about treatments after receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis.
We fight to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. The Prostate Cancer Charity has now become Prostate Cancer UK. We have made this change to raise our voice, raise our game and reach more men.
This website is devoted to explaining how medical malpractice arises in the context of a failure by a physician to timely diagnosing prostate cancer; to describing what is involved in pursuing a medical malpractice claim; and to offering a convenient and free attorney consultation to those who believe they have been the victim of medical malpractice.
The PSA test is a simple blood test to measure how much PSA (prostate specific antigen) a man has in his bloodstream at a given time. The PSA test is the most effective test currently available for the early detection of prostate cancer.
This site has been developed by the education committee of The Australian Prostate Cancer Collaboration (APCC) with funding from the Lions International Clubs of Australia to assist men affected by prostate cancer and their families.
For those who love golf and have a sincere desire to support the efforts backing the research programs funded by the PCF, we’ll help guide you to create the event best suited for you and others who enjoy the game of golf. Blue Ribbon Golf provides a variety of events and programs created to optimize contributions for cancer research granted by the PCF while providing a great day of golfing, friendly competition, and entertainment.
There are a number of different conventional treatment options used to treat prostate cancer. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are three common forms of treatment that have been used effectively for a number of years. The extent of your disease and your general state of health are all influential factors in determining the most appropriate treatment combination.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. In the United States in 2009,* 206,640 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 28,088 men died from it.â€ CDC provides men, doctors, and policymakers with the latest information about prostate cancer.
This overview will give you a basic understanding of what prostate cancer is and what you can do about it. You can read it in less than half an hour.
Information on prostate cancer, including how it is diagnosed, treatments you might have, possible side effects and how to get further support.
Prostate Cancer is diagnosed in about 13-15% of men of European descent. Men of African or African-American descent are twice as likely to have prostate cancer cells as men of European descent. Men of African descent are often diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most common malignancy in American men and the second leading cause of deaths from cancer, after lung cancer. Most experts in this field, therefore, recommend that beginning at age 40, all men should undergo yearly screening for prostate cancer.
As an official global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches on men's faces around the world. Through the power of the Mo, vital funds and awareness are raised to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.
Orchid exists to save men's lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers through pioneering research and promoting awareness.