12/21/2016

When Treatment Stops Working: Blame Resistance

When Treatment Stops Working:  Blame Resistance In the upside down world of prostate cancer, the good guys want to win the war and the bad guys are leading the resistance. Imagine Rick’s Café in Casablanca, except it’s the bad guys, with a nod from Humphrey Bogart, who are the ones.

10/12/2016

Treatment for Prostate Cancer: Surgery

The operation to remove the prostate, called a radical prostatectomy, is one of the most difficult surgical procedures there is. There are several reasons for this:  One is simply the prostate’s hard-to-get-to location deep in the pelvis.  Two, there are a lot of blood vessels and important nerves around there,.

10/12/2016

On the Horizon: Radiation Plus Immunotherapy

The body’s immune system has incredible power.  When it turns on something it recognizes as an enemy, its effects can be brutal; just ask anyone suffering from an autoimmune disease. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could somehow harness these cell-killing abilities and use them against cancer?  A great idea.

10/12/2016

How to Find an Expert Radiation Oncologist

Even if hospitals offer the same treatment, by no means does this mean that this treatment is interchangeable. This information can help if radiation is right for you.

10/12/2016

Treatment for Prostate Cancer: External-Beam Radiation Therapy

If you have localized prostate cancer that needs curative treatment, you have two good options:  Radiation and surgery.  (You can read more about surgery here.)  More than 60,000 American men opt for radiation every year, and the cure rates are excellent.  It doesn’t require anesthesia, and this makes it an.

10/12/2016

Which Procedure is Better – Robotic or Open Prostatectomy?

“Robot vs. Human Prostatectomy: It’s a Tie, At Least So Far.” “Robots as Good as Human Surgeons, Study Finds.” Headlines can be deceptive and not very helpful if you’re trying to choose the right treatment for prostate cancer. From these headlines, it almost sounds like an event took place –.

10/12/2016

How to Find an Expert Surgeon

Please Read This Before You Go Under the Knife: How to Find an Expert Surgeon If you have ever talked to a group of men who have had surgery for prostate cancer, you may have heard some stories that just break your heart.   We have.  Those stories are particularly upsetting.

10/10/2016

The Precision Medicine Revolution

Welcome to the world of precision medicine—where doctors can target each prostate cancer with new, more effective drugs. And this is just the beginning.

10/06/2016

Progress Report: Andrea Harzstark, MD

Investigator: Andrea Harzstark, MD – Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco Tobacco and Prostate Cancer Therapy: The Missing Link? Prostate cancer affects one in every six American men; ~25% of those men are smokers. Smoking causes many health risks, including a higher risk for lung cancer. Many of the.

10/06/2016

Progress Report: Steven Frank, MD

Investigator: Steven Frank, MD– Assistant Professor, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center C4 and MRI-based Prostate Brachytherapy Brachytherapy is a form of radiotherapy where a radiation source, called “seeds”, is precisely implanted into the prostate such that emitted radiation will abolish the tumor. Recent technological advances have increased the.