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An Easier, Cheaper and More Comfortable Way To Take Zytiga

Rather than taking – and paying – for the full Zytiga dose on an empty stomach, ask your doctor if you could get the same effect from taking just one fourth of your Zytiga dose while enjoying a low-fat or high-fat breakfast. A small phase two study of 36 prostate cancer patients who took 250 [...]

Malecare’s Message Regarding Travel & Refugee Ban Into the USA

All of us are affected by the recent refugee and travel ban. At one time or another, all of us have been helped by doctors, medical students, nurses, social workers, caregivers and fellow cancer patients who were born outside of the United States. Many of the treatments and drugs that keep us alive were developed [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Good advice on how to call your representatives.

Good advice on how to call your representatives. From a former Senator staffer from Seattle, Mark Jahnke: Friends! As some of you know, I used to work on Capitol Hill as the person in charge of all the incoming phone calls to my Senator's office. I have some insider tips to make calling your reps [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Travel & Refugee Ban Hurts Cancer Patients

All of us are affected by the recent refugee and travel ban. At one time or another, all of us have been helped by doctors, medical students, nurses, social workers, caregivers and fellow cancer patients who were born outside of the United States.  Many of the treatments and drugs that keep us alive were developed [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|Advanced Prostate Cancer, Uncategorized|1 Comment

For Our USA Readers: Office of Men’s Health Petition and Update

Our best chance for establishing an Office of Men's Health in the USA is now, in the early days of this new administration. Our Petition at whitehouse.gov is a first and important step.   Please sign and spread the word.  This effort is entirely up to us.  We can do this! Click and Sign here: [...]

Did You Know That Metastatic Prostate Cancer Causes DNA Mutations?

Men with metastatic prostate cancer have higher rates of inherited gene mutations than men with non-metastatic prostate cancer.  Knowing about DNA mutations might help you make better treatment decisions. And you can also tell family members about their risk. Recent studies have shown that metastatic prostate cancer inherited mutations in the DNA-repair genes, such as the BRCA gene, can help [...]

Being A “Cancer Hater” is Not Productive

My wife Wendy periodically receives Facebook requests for her to “Hate Cancer.” Yes, she does hate cancer, but she wants us all to actually be productive about what we do with our “hate.” Wendy wrote on Facebook,  "I'm not a cut and paster, and certainly not a "hater," so I have an alternative suggestion.  I just had the [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|Advanced Prostate Cancer, Advocacy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ask For a Blood test to identify AR-V7 in Circulating Tumor Cells if you are starting Xtandi or Zytiga

One of the hot topics in the prostate cancer community is the value of detecting AR-V7 tumor cells circulating in the blood. AR-V7 tumor cells in the blood predicts response or failure of treatment with enzalutamide (Xtandi) or abiraterone (Zytiga). A recent study found that men who have AR-V7 circulating tumor cells in their blood will not [...]

Men Who Fail Primary Radiation Can Have Good Results After Salvage Surgery

Men who have decided to have radiation as their first (primary) treatment for prostate cancer have a one-third chance of recurrence. Some of those men have salvage radical prostatectomy (SRP)  to fight the recurrence.  A study shows this might be a good idea. Antoni Vilaseca, MD, etal from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, studied 251 men [...]

Cancer Diagnosis Causes Increased Emotional Problems for Too Many of Us

Being diagnosed with cancer is tough. Being diagnosed with cancer is often coupled with clinically meaningful levels of mental or emotional distress. Researchers in Germany have found that during the prior four weeks nearly a third of more than 2,100 cancer survivors interviewed at inpatient and outpatient care centers experienced mental or emotional distress that [...]