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Tag Archives: Active surveillance

Aggressive treatment of early stage prostate cancer doesn’t save lives

Prostate cancer is the second-leading killer of men, with more than 240,000 new diagnoses and 28,000 deaths every year. While many doctors still screen for the disease, more and more medical organizations are recommending against routinely doing so. And even with a cancer diagnosis, it’s not clear that aggressive treatments such as surgery or radiation […]

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Comparing treatments for prostate cancer between countries is like comparing apples to oranges

A study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine and reported on NPR appears to justify surgery for men with “low risk” prostate cancer. However, more careful review of the article revealed that what the Swedes define as “low risk” may be given a “higher risk” diagnosis in the United States. If we used […]

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For An Extra Measure of Safety Ask Your Doctor About Proscar Along with “Active Surveillance”

Studies have shown that taking Avodart or Proscar lowers the risk of developing prostate cancer by as much as 23%. These drugs inhibit the conversion of testosterone to its active metabolite, dihydrotestosterone. You may recall that Avodart is one of the drugs used to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). I am not a proponent of […]

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Where’s the Fire? There’s No Hurry When It Comes To Treatment For Prostate Cancer

I’ve been writing for years about the dilemma PSA testing of assymptomatic men poses on us. Basically, I’m totally against it because most men who are diagnosed with cancer will not die from the disease. I came across this terrific article by Lauran Neergaard in the Chicago Tribune which describes the journey of one man […]

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Low Risk Prostate Cancer Means Something Different in Europe

A study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine and reported on NPR appears to justify surgery for men with “low risk” prostate cancer. However, more careful review of the article revealed that what the Swedes define as “low risk” may be given a “higher risk” diagnosis in the United States. This study is […]

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