Associated Press Published 4:51 PM EDT Jul 5, 2019 Chicago — Alzheimer’s disease may be a risk for older prostate cancer patients given hormone-blocking treatment, a large, U.S. government-funded analysis found. Previous evidence has been mixed on whether the treatment might be linked with mental decline. But experts say the new results stand out because they’re from a respected national cancer database and the men were tracked for a long time – eight years on average. Among 154,000 older patients, 13% who received hormone-blocking treatment developed Alzheimer’s, compared with 9% who had other treatment or chose no therapy, the study found. The risk for dementia from strokes or other causes was higher: It was diagnosed in 22% of those who got hormone-blocking treatment, versus 16% of the other patients. The results, using perhaps one of the largest and most reliable databases, suggests there truly may be a connection, said Dr. Sumanta Pal, a … [Read more...] about Dementia tied to hormone-blocking prostate cancer treatment
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Keith Roach Your Health Published 7:54 PM EDT Jun 12, 2019 Dear Dr. Roach: Every year, I used to get a physical, which included a prostate exam as well as blood tests with PSA. When my doctor retired, I had a hard time finding a new one I liked. It has been three or four years since my prostate was checked, but my new doctor doesn’t do the prostate exams (I am 63). He says that recent studies do not recommend them, and I have seen news reports about the unreliability of the PSA test. How do you find out if you have prostate cancer if you don’t look for it? My brother-in-law found out he had it at 52, and it was successfully treated. I don’t really want to wait until I am showing symptoms, and there is no history in my direct family. What do you think about this? — T.D. Dear T.D.: Prostate cancer isn’t really one disease. It can be very aggressive — both with local invasion and spreading to bones quickly — but it also can be very … [Read more...] about Doc: How do you find prostate cancer without screening for it?
PUBLISHED: 09:16 28 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:16 28 May 2019 (Left to right) Norfolk Freemasons provincial grand master, Stephen Allen, UEA's Professor Colin Cooper, and UEA director of development David Ellis. Photo: Geraldine Scott Geraldine Scott Thousands of men with prostate cancer will be able to avoid the damaging side effects of surgery thanks to a new research scanner that will be installed in Norwich. Thanks to fundraising by the Norfolk Freemasons a state-of-the-art scanner which can differentiate between the majority of harmless prostate cancers, known as pussycat cancers, and the 10pc which are aggressive, known as tiger cancers.The Freemasons raised not only the £144,000 needed for the scanner, which will be in a new screening laboratory at the University of East Anglia (UEA), but also another £146,000 for prostate cancer research. Up until now there has been no way for doctors to tell the difference between the two types of the cancer, which led to tens of … [Read more...] about Ground-breaking prostate cancer research scanner to be installed
Keith Roach To Your Health Published 4:13 PM EST Dec 11, 2018 Dear Dr. Roach: I recently have been diagnosed with early prostate cancer. My Gleason score is 7. My urologist has informed me that he doesn’t think I am a good candidate for surgery, due to having atrial fibrillation. My radiation oncologist has recommended traditional radiation therapy. However, I am worried about the possible side effects. I am 72 and in otherwise good health. I am considering proton therapy and wonder if you have any thoughts. My research indicates that this has far lower risk of incontinence and impotence. R.O.B. Dear R.O.B.: Prostate cancer can be a challenging diagnosis, and I hope I can help clarify things a bit. You have what would be termed intermediate-risk prostate cancer, based on your Gleason score, a measure of how aggressive the cancer appears on pathological slides. Most experts would recommend radiation or surgery. Atrial fibrillation itself is not necessarily a reason NOT to … [Read more...] about Doc: Comparing array of treatments for prostate cancer
This Saturday, Rusty, Paul Taylor, I and some great people are going to be taking part in a special walk. A March for Men in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. We shall be walking the length of the River Lune from Devil’s Bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale to where it meets the sea at the City of Lancaster. 17 miles across the county of Lancashire that for some of our friends attending will be a challenge the likes they will have not done before, yet a very rewarding challenge at that. Support and Donate to our River Lune March for Men In the last few years, cancer has touched close friends and family way too much for comfort. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst men in the UK. The figure is quite alarming, 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. A scary statistic, especially as I race toward the big 50 myself. I have made myself very aware of this form of cancer as until recently I was totally unaware of its prevalence and how it is impacting … [Read more...] about Our March For Men, In Aid of Prostate Cancer UK