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Tag Archives: prostate cancer

Stop wasting medicare dollars!

I think it’s clear to all of us that if you’re under 55 you won’t have your father’s Medicare when you turn 65. The Repugnuts are thinking of gutting the whole program! Medicare is growing at such an astronomical rate that if something isn’t done right now its costs will double in 20 years. One […]

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Five year survival data mean nothing

Five year survival data mean nothing

I’ve been telling you for years that in order to make an informed decision, it’s important to discuss the pros and cons of treatment options with your physician. I made a special point of this when it came to breast and prostate cancer screening. Well, it turns out when it comes to screening and cancer […]

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PSA Screening: “If Saving Lives Is The Point of Testing, The Benefit Is Not So Great”

This quote is from Dr. Gerald Andriole, Chief of Urologic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine after another study appeared concluding that screening for prostate cancer with PSA does not save lives. This confirms what was reported in many other studies. You see, cancers detected by screening most often are the ones that are  not […]

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PSA Testing Strikes Out Again For Men with Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

A study presented at the annual American Urological Association meetings in San Francisco evaluated some commonly used prostate specific antigen (PSA) parameters and showed the tests would have led to treatment recommendations for as many as 84% of low-risk patients. These were men with T1b-T2b organ-confined disease and almost 80% of them had Gleason ≤6 prostate cancer. All […]

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Provenge-Hope or Hype As New Treatment for Advanced Prostate Cancer?

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first “vaccine” to treat prostate cancer. It’s  the culmination of decades of research into harnessing the immune system to fight tumors. Unlike the polio vaccine which prevents polio, however, Provenge does not prevent prostate cancer, so calling it a vaccine might be a little bit of […]

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