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Prior Radiation Exposure Should Not Effect The Outcomes Derived From The Implantation Of An Artificial Urinary Sphincter

The possibility of having incontinence as a side effect from all of the primary prostate cancer treatments is significant. Incontinence is not an either or thing as the degree of incontinence varies from individual to individual. Those men having significant levels of inconvenience find that their quality of life is significantly damaged in some cases [...]

High Volume Radiation Treatment Facilities Produce Better Survival In Men with Aggressive Prostate Cancer

According to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston Ma., men with aggressive prostate cancer who have radiation therapy to treat the cancer have better overall survival rates when the therapy is given at a high volume treatment facility. Paul Nguyen, MD, a physician researcher in the department of Radiation Oncology at Brigham said, “Our paper shows that [...]

Long-Term Results Confirm Value of Adding Radio Therapy to ADT for Prostate Cancer Survival

There were many very interesting and very important items presented at the recent ASCO GU conference. Over the course of the next week or two I will be systematically reviewing many of these finds that have a direct impact on men with advanced prostate cancer. Today’s review is about how to create better results for [...]

Understanding & Treating Radiation Proctitis Resulting from Prostate Cancer Treatment

One of the more common side effects of primary prostate cancer treatment with any form of x-ray or ionizing radiation is known as radiation proctitis and the related radiation colitis. Radiation proctitis is inflammation and damage to surrounding organs and tissue caused by stray radiation. Radiation proctitis most commonly occurs after treatment for many different [...]

From the 2013 2013 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium: High-Risk Prostate Cancer Treated with Pelvic Radiotherapy and 36 Versus 18 Months of Androgen Blockade

Men who are diagnosed with high risk prostate cancer, meaning they are more likely to develop advanced prostate cancer are usually treated with Radiotherapy (RT) and long term androgen blockade (AB). Currently, we do not know what is the optimal duration of AB. Looking at this problem, the researchers conducted a randomized study to compare [...]

HIFU Treatment a Possible Salvage Therapy After Failed EBRT

A recently published article in Urology Times claims that salvage high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) appears to be an effective treatment option for locally recurrent prostate cancer after primary external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) failure. The study, which this article reported on, used data from analyses of 6-year oncologic outcomes show. When the researchers did a [...]

Adding Radiotherapy to ADT Increases Survival for a Man Diagnosed with Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer

Men with locally advanced prostate cancer have a better survival chance if they receive radiotherapy along with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). This data was presented at the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2012 conference. Professor Malcom Mason from Whales University discussed a trial he conducted that demonstrated that for a man diagnosed with [...]

Combined Androgen Deprivation Therapy and Radiation Therapy for Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer:Positive Results

A group of researchers just reported positive results of a phase 3 trial showing that the addition of radiation therapy (RT) improves overall survival in men with locally advanced prostate cancer (T3 & T4) to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) alone. The researchers used a sample of 1,057 men with locally advanced (T3 or T4) prostate [...]

Radiation Accidents–Tell Us Your Story

Regulators and researchers can only guess how often radiotherapy accidents occur. With no single agency overseeing medical radiation, there is no central clearinghouse of cases. Accidents are chronically under reported, records show, and some states do not require that they be reported at all. […]

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Salvage Radical Prostatectomy for Recurrent Prostate Cancer after Radiation Therapy.

I often discuss the use of salvage radiation after surgery has failed and the PSA begins to rise. Although often mentioned, but seldom used, men who fail radiation as a primary treatment can also benefit from salvage surgery. When I first was deciding what to use as my primary treatment modality I was led to [...]

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