Maybe you’re in your 50s, and your PSA is 3. Maybe you’re in your 60s, and it’s 4. Maybe you’re in your 40s, and it’s 2. And maybe, unfortunately, your family doctor seems in no hurry to do anything about it, saying something complacent like, “Your PSA looks good,” or “the government guidelines don’t really […]
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Cancer loves sugar, and sugar really loves cancer. Isn’t that sweet? Actually, no, it’s more like a match made in hell – because sugar (glucose) makes many types of cancer grow faster. Scientists have long known that cancers soak up glucose like a sponge; in fact, German physiologist Otto Warburg, who found that tumors extract […]
Why has the COVID-19 virus killed many more men than women? What does the virus have to do with male hormones? Well, quite a lot, it turns out, and a lot of what scientists now know about this male hormone (androgen)-virus interaction comes from scientists studying prostate cancer. Scientists whose research happens to have been […]
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Oligometastasis: Good News from the ORIOLE Study To the growing and hopeful list of strategies for attacking prostate cancer, let us add this approach: Whack-a-Mole. That’s how Johns Hopkins radiation oncologist Phuoc Tran, M.D., Ph.D., describes it to his patients. The actual scientific name for this highly sophisticated strategy is stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR, highly […]
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When it comes to disrupting your life, prostate cancer cuts quite the swath. We don’t know exactly how big this trail of disruption is. We don’t know how bad it is, either. Let’s start with the numbers. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 3 million men out there who are prostate cancer survivors. […]
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So, you’ve got localized prostate cancer, you’ve decided to get it treated with either surgery or radiation, and you have steeled yourself to just bite the bullet and get on with it. You’ve been through a lot already: the PSA and physical exam, the biopsy, and just coming to terms with the fact that you […]
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Here we are in a global pandemic; we’re all stressed, and we all need to fight it. If you have prostate cancer, you need to fight it even harder, because the stress hormone, cortisol, may be affecting your cancer, AND because lowering your stress may help your cancer respond better to treatment. Having prostate cancer […]
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