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Xtandi May Work Better With TET

Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is a first line treatment for men when prostate cancer has spread beyond the prostate. Men die from prostate cancer after their disease becomes castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Anti-androgen treatments such as Enzalutamide (Xtandi) have lengthened the life of thousands of advanced prostate cancer men around the world. Ultimately, even [...]

Quality of Life Improvements Help Extend Life While On Xofigo

You may live longer if you feel good about life while taking radium-223 (Xofigo). Dr Neal Shore from the Carolina Urologic Research Center studied how health related quality of life (HRQoL) might be related to overall survival while being treated for advanced prostate cancer with Xofigo. Approximately 800 men with advanced prostate cancer were asked [...]

Testosterone Levels May Predict Hormone Treatment Effectiveness

Advanced prostate cancer patients who started androgen deprivation treatment (ADT) treatment with low testosterone levels had worse 1-year progression-free and overall survival after continuous ADT than men with higher testosterone levels. This means that men who are about to start hormone therapy should have their testosterone tested. Those with low testosterone levels should ask their [...]

Urologists Fail to Complete Psycho-Social and Sexual Histories of Prostate Cancer Patients

 Malecare and the University of Minnesota collaborated on the first study to investigate what gay and bisexual men are offered and what they try as rehabilitation to address the sexual and urinary effects of prostate cancer treatment.   Gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer (N=193) from Malecare's online and in-person support groups completed survey questions asking [...]

By | 2017-10-19T10:45:46+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Advanced Prostate Cancer, Gay, Newly Diagnosed|2 Comments

Biopsy Slides Can Now Be Digitalized and Reviewed by Pathologists

The first whole slide imaging (WSI) system that allows for review and interpretation of digital prostate cancer pathology slides prepared from biopsied tissue has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Malecare is a leading advocate of second and third opinions of prostate cancer pathology from biopsy samples. The logistics of shipping and [...]

By | 2017-10-19T10:45:48+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Advanced Prostate Cancer|0 Comments

Blood Test Determines Effectiveness of Zytiga and or Xtandi, Before You Begin Treatment.

Adna is a new blood test that will tell you if Zytiga and Xtandi will or will not treat castration resistant prostate cancer. Imagine knowing if Zytiga and or Xtandi will fail to help you, before you spend months of time and thousands of dollars trying these drugs out. The test, called AdnaTest Prostate Cancer Panel [...]

By | 2017-04-21T17:53:30+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Advanced Prostate Cancer|1 Comment

HSD3B1 gene makes Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) less effective

An inherited genetic change, HSD3B1 gene causes Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) to be less effective for treating metastatic prostate cancer. Physician-researcher Nima Sharifi, M.D. published this finding in the October, 2016 The Lancet Oncology.  While Androgen Deprivation Therapy is effective for many men with advanced stage prostate cancer, prostate tumors eventually become resistant to ADT because the tumors make their own androgens.  “A simple blood [...]

By | 2017-10-19T10:45:48+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Advanced Prostate Cancer|1 Comment

Androgen Deprivation and Dementia “Might” be Linked

Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT, or, “hormone therapy”) may be linked to increased risk of having dementia. Researchers, Nead, Sinha and Nguyen reviewed nine studies by other researchers. Seven of those studies reported an adjusted effect estimate for dementia risk. That means that a majority of today’s evidence based research says that ADT and dementia probably [...]

By | 2017-04-17T10:41:37+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Advanced Prostate Cancer|1 Comment

Quality of Death

Quality of Death.  A new term we are introducing to the prostate cancer discussion.  Will I die in pain, agony or in some semblance of peace?   Do I want to be stupefied by opioids during my last days, hours and minutes?  Do I want to enter a coma like state?  Would I like to [...]

By | 2017-04-13T19:44:44+00:00 April 13th, 2017|General Information|1 Comment