Entries by Janet

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Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer, Part 2

Checkpoint Inhibitors Miracle Drugs for Some, But Not Yet All Checkpoint inhibitors have one mission: to unleash the immune system.  They wake up the sleeping T cells, and in some people with cancer, they have done this spectacularly well. But right now, they don’t help more than a fraction of patients. In other words, for […]

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Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer, Part 1

You’ve got a lot of antibodies floating around in your blood – to every cold or virus you’ve ever had, plus all the antibodies your body has made after you got a shot to prevent the flu, measles, mumps, chicken pox, or tetanus, etc. If results of a clinical trial are as promising as scientists […]

Living in Prostate Limbo

Ask Rob Gray* to talk about how prostate cancer came into his life, and he has the best possible response: “I prefer to talk about how it came out of my life.” For nearly a decade, among other tests and procedures, Rob underwent 17 PSA tests, five PCA3 tests, and nine MRIs. He endured five […]

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Coffee and Prostate Cancer: Go Ahead, Have Another Cup

Here’s some news about coffee, the good, the bad – actually, there is no bad to this story. Coffee is good! If you can’t drink caffeinated coffee, decaf is good, too! Here’s why: Although most scientists are not yet willing to step out on a limb and proclaim definitively that drinking coffee prevents cancer (this […]

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PSMA-PET and Prostate Cancer

Remember these letters:  PSMA.  If you haven’t heard of PSMA-targeted agents yet, you probably will soon. Imagine a heat-seeking missile – except the tiny target locked onto by this particular missile is PSMA (prostate-specific membrane antigen), a protein that sits on the surface of prostate cancer cells.  The weapon itself is a small molecule, originally […]

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ED After Prostate Cancer Treatment: Old School Approach Not Good Enough

Just when everything should be getting better – you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, gotten curative treatment with surgery or radiation, and now you’re looking forward to getting your life back – there’s another bump in the road: ED (erectile dysfunction). You don’t need that! Darn it, here’s yet another “reluctant brotherhood” – a club, […]

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Cancer, Gut Bacteria, and Your Poop

What does your poop reveal about your gut bacteria (called the gut “microbiome”), and what does this have to do with your immune system’s ability to fight off cancer? Just how important is this gut flora, or bacteria, anyway? Let’s look at the last question first. How important is your gut bacteria? It’s very important […]