Prostate

Joe Torre-Led Campaign Informs Men about Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

In partnership with prostate cancer survivor and baseball Hall-of-Famer Joe Torre and Genomic Health, Men’s Health Network (www.menshealthnetwork.org) is pleased to participate in the Your Prostate Your Decision patient education campaign.

This nationwide effort aims to educate prostate cancer patients and their loved ones that every man is different and every cancer is unique, and that a genomic test can clarify the aggressiveness of one’s prostate cancer prior to invasive treatment. Your Prostate Your Decision is the first-of-its-kind collaboration to address the disturbing results of a recent, large national survey that found low general awareness

Consider these findings:
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Health, Other Cancers, Prostate

MRI Fusion Guided Prostate Biopsy

Dr. David Samadi Prostate Cancer Center welcomes groundbreaking technology: MRI Fusion Guided Prostate Biopsy

At the Dr. David Samadi Prostate Cancer Center here in New York, we are continually on the forefront of clinical and technological innovation. In the month of November, we will welcome a state-of-the-art diagnostic system to detect and diagnose prostate cancer more accurately than ever before – the MRI fusion guided prostate biopsy. The MRI fusion guided prostate biopsy “fuses” MRI scans with real-time ultrasound images of the prostate. This cutting-edge biopsy system allows us here at the Dr. David Samadi Prostate Cancer Center to pinpoint specific tumors within the prostate gland. This information provides the patient with the most optimal treatment plan and best possible outcome in detecting and diagnosing prostate cancer.

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Family, Health, Other Cancers, Prostate

Partners in Prostate Cancer

A great time was had by all at the recent Prostate Cancer Tweet Chat hosted by the Urology Care Foundation. Having two of my football sports heros, Marcus Allen and Mike Haynes, involved in the chat really energized the conversation and certainly made it a personal highlight of this year’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Best Weapon Yet

Another highlight from this Chat was the realization that the most powerful weapons in our arsenal of awareness to help us conquer prostate cancer are actually quite close to us: our loved ones. Wives, partners, family and friends are potent forces for getting men the care that they need. Always have been and always will be.

Writer Judy Berman raised this point during the Chat and it stuck with me. So much so, that after the Chat, I contacted Judy and The Saturday Evening Post and asked whether we might post her insightful experience as a partner in the battle against prostate cancer:

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Health, Masculinity, Other Cancers, Prostate

Prostate Health Index

October marks the beginning of all things pink, as Breast Cancer Awareness month kicks off, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about Prostate Cancer and the awareness we which we raised for it in September.  Not only do we want to keep raising awareness throughout the year, but always strive to achieve better standards of care and provide patients with better diagnostic tools.  220,900 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed last year and this number is estimated to reach 450,000 by 2015. In order to diagnose these new cases, there are roughly 1.5 million prostate biopsies per year with about 25 million men who have had at least one negative biopsy.  How can we improve diagnosis and treat all these patients?  Ideally, through a non-invasive, low cost, and effective therapy.  With a new, a three-pronged blood test, this improved standard of care may already be here.

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Depression, Editorials, Family Issues, Prostate, Relationships

Prostate and Breast Cancers Are More Similar Than You’d Think

It’s rare to find the words “prostate cancer” and “breast cancer” in the same sentence. After all, one (prostate cancer) affects only men. The other affects mostly women. But despite their differences, the two diseases actually have a lot in common, particularly in the way those diagnosed with either one evaluate their options and make decisions about treatment.

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Jim Morning, who lives in Dover, Delaware, got used to having regular physicals when he was in the Air Force, and after he retired, he continued doing so. For years, Jim’s physician had been monitoring Jim’s PSA levels (a blood test that can indicate the presence of prostate cancer) and everything was fine. But over time, Jim noticed that he was getting up at night to urinate more often than he used to, and he was having trouble completely emptying his bladder. Jim’s doctor ran another PSA test which came back high, and referred Jim to a urologist who did a biopsy. “After the biopsy, he told me to make a follow-up appointment and to bring someone with me,” says Morning, who brought his sister along. “I wasn’t sure why, but I did it anyway—and I’m glad I did.”

It was at that follow-up that the doctor told Jim that he had prostate cancer.
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Health, Health, Masculinity, Sex, Testicular

The Truth About Vasectomy and Pain

I give a Certificate of Honor to specially recognize every patient on whom I perform a vasectomy. It’s really quite nice and very frameable. “Why?” You ask.

Well, it’s not that a no scalpel vasectomy is the most gruesome thing that a man could experience in his life. It’s just that, in the real world of fish stories and Internet tales, it would appear to be the most gr

 

uesome thing a man can do in his life. And for taking that leap of faith, and believing that it won’t be as bad as they say it is, men in my practice get congratulated in this way.

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Pain Down There

The most feared issue surrounding vasectomy? Certainly not the fact that men fire blanks afterwards. Most are just fine with having the gun go off without any resulting collateral damage. It’s the pain thing.

If you read the published literature on vasectomy, you will find that anywhere from 5 to 33% of men experience some form of pain after vasectomy, whether it is acute or chronic, mild or debilitating. I agree that there is the potential for pain when flow in any organ system is blocked, but these numbers seem awfully high.

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