How To Have A Firmagon Injection And Minimized The Side Effects

Three of the participants on the Malecare Health Unlocked Advanced Prostate Cancer Online Support Group have been sharing their personal experiences and recommendations on how to best get a Firmagon injection. It is clear that how the injection is given has a direct effect on he pain and inflammation a man will experience from the [...]

Genetic Biomarker Predicts Peripheral Neuropathy Associated With Docetaxel Chemotherapy For Prostate Cancer

According to researchers at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, men with a mutation in their VAC14 gene are more susceptible to Docetaxil chemotherapy induced neuropathy and nerve pain. This debilitating side effect results from damage to the peripheral nerves and is felt by the man as weakness, numbness and pain most [...]

Multiple vs. One External Beam Radiation Dose for Palliation of Bone Pain in Men with Prostate Cancer

A man in the advanced prostate cancer online support group has asked, “Why the radiation (external beam to relieve bone pain from prostate cancer and to protect the bones from fractures) is given in so many "mini" doses rather than one or two larger doses. The answer is it doesn't necessarily have to be delivered [...]

The Well Reviewed Guide to Advanced Prostate Cancer (A Survivor Perspective) Has Been Updated and is Now Available for a free Download

Somehow I have been negligent and not let people know that I have written and posted a major update of my “Guide to Advanced Prostate Cancer.” As in the past, it is available as a free download from the Malecare web site. Helping me to update the book was prostate cancer survivor Craig Pynn and [...]

Pain and Its Under-Treatment in Advanced Cancers

I really thought we had gotten over this problem, but an article appearing in a recent report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology indicates that the age old problem that often our doctors fail to supply adequate pain medications to advanced cancer survivors because a fear of drug addiction This attitude still hampers good survivorship [...]

Denosumab or Zoledronic Acid – Which is Superior for Pain Interference and Improving Quality of Life?

Men with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) and bone metastases (BM) will often have debilitating pain that impacts every aspect of their daily functioning thus significantly diminishing their quality of life (QoL). Finding the best drug or treatment to control the pain will allow men to have a more complete and fulfilling life as well as [...]

Establishing the New Normal After Cancer – Real Life Experiences In A Not So Normal World

According to Albert Camus, “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” The transition from patient under active treatment to being just an everyday cancer survivor can be a most challenging experience for many of us.   Our surgical scars and the radiation burns have subsided and those that remain are [...]

Confronting The Terror in Boston – What It Could Mean for Us

We all know about the terror that has struck Boston. Two bombs exploded near at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and seriously injuring over 150 other individuals! One of the dead was an eight-year-old child. I know when I heard about the death of the child I prayed that this [...]

An Alternative to Radiation for Pain Relief Of Painful Bone And Soft-Tissue Tumors – Microwave Ablation

Currently as our advanced prostate cancer progresses and we develop bone and soft tissue tumors our pain increases significantly. Current treatment options for the palliation of this pain includes painkillers (including opioids and methadone), radiation and in rare incidents surgery. All of these options have significant limitations. Drugs eventually become less effective, especially for breakout [...]

Two More Provenge Related Abstracts from the 2013 ASCO GU Symposium

More on Sipuleucel-T (Provenge) from the 2013 The last two abstracts that I want to speak about that were presented at the conference that pertained to Provenge speak to its efficacy. The first looks at changes in circulating tumor cells (CTC) and the second to the onset of the use of opioid painkillers. Abstract #40 [...]