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 [...]

Zytiga (Abiraterone Acetate) Delays Pain Progression in Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer

Data presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology annual congress in Vienna, Austria linked the delay of pain progression the functional decline of men with the newly approved drug Zytiga. The data was derived from an additional anaylisis of the phase 3 trial (COU-AA-302) that led to the FDA approval of Zytiga. The FDA [...]

Another Drug Mishap

Considering yesterday's post about the problems with fentanyl patches today's post becomes even more scarey. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made warns of opioid drug mix-up! According to the FDA pills, tablets, or caplets of Percocet and eight other opioid products packaged by Novartis for Endo Pharmaceuticals may have been mixed up, with [...]


Leslie from the Malecare Advanced Prostate Cancer On-line Support Group made a post today warning us that there have been significant malfunctions in fentanyl patches. Fentanyl patches are used to control severe pain, especially in men with very progressed advanced prostate cancer. According to the information posted some of these patches are malfunctioning causing accidental [...]

FDA Approves New Drug to Alleviate Moderate to Severe Pain

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug which provides relief of moderate to severe acute pain. This is great news for us, because, advanced prostate cancer often brings pain from mets and breaking bones. This newly approved drug, tapentadol hydrochloride, is delivered as an immediate-release oral tablet. It is a [...]

Massage Therapy- Pain Relief and Mood Control

According to a recent study in the Sept. 16 "Annals of Internal Medicine"; survivors coping with advanced cancer receive some relief from pain and depression from massage therapy. The researchers found that survivors who received massage from a licensed, specially trained therapist reported greater improvements in pain and mood symptoms than did people who received [...]