September 14, 2011 by Prostate Dr. · Comments Off
The Da Vinci prostatectomy is a localized solution that is minimally invasive: thanks to the breakthrough technology surgeons use, the intervention can be done through minor incisions.
Here are some of the characteristics of the da vinci prostatectomy:
- minimally invasive
- significantly less pain
- shorter hospital stay
- less impact on local anatomical structures, such as nerve fibers and blood vessels
- lower rates of positive surgical margins (=less cancer cells left behind)
- faster return to urinary continence (studies show)
August 17, 2011 by Prostate Dr. · Comments Off
Treatments for prostate cancer -if we can call them that- can be included in the folowing categories:
- Cryosurgery & Cryotherapy
- Hormone Therapy
- Radiation Therapy
- Robotic Prostatectomy
- Watchful Waiting
- Complementary and Alternative Medicine
This prostate cancer video series is intended as a comprehensive source of prostate cancer information. The explanations will hopefully ease the daunting task of learning about prostate cancer treatments after receiving a PCa diagnosis. These prostate cancer videos are not a substitution for a doctor, but…»»Read more: Prostate cancer videos: PCa Treatment options
August 17, 2011 by Prostate Dr. · Comments Off
The purpose of this video is to guide you through the stages of the disease, describe factors that affect prognosis, and discuss various treatments that may be appropriate for you. We don’t endorse or recommend one course of treatment over another, but rather provide this information to help you understand your options before you consult with your…»»Read more: Psa levels chart, Psa test results chart & Psa results interpretation
If a man has had surgery to remove the prostate (prostatectomy) PSA should be undetectable. If the man has had radiation or cryosurgery treatment, he will probably still have some viable prostate tissue left. So it may be normal for these men to have PSA in the blood. But the amount of PSA should be fairly low and the amount should be stable from test to test.
If a man has…»»Read more: Treatment after Prostate Cancer: Prostatectomy & PSA
False Positive and False Negative PSA
PSA is indeed a great biomarker for any kind of cancer, but it is not perfect. There are other reasons why prostate PSA test results may be high and in these cases it gives a false indication of cancer; just as there are causes…»»Read more: PSA Test Result Interpretation (PSA Levels reading)
When a man complains of prostate health symptoms, the first procedure that should be done is a DRE (Digital Rectal Exam). And only if the DRE indicates possible presence of BPH/Prostate Cancer will a PSA test be done.
After you have filled out the many forms and paperwork, a blood sample will be drawn for a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. The doctor may also ask that a prostate acid phosphatase (PAP)…»»Read more: PSA Test (PSA Levels): Prostate specific antigen
The study’s lead author Polyxeni Dimitropoulou
A new study finds men who are sexually active in their 20s and 30s are more likely to develop prostate cancer — especially if they masturbate frequently.
The study also found that frequent sexual activity in a man’s 40s appears to have little effect and even small levels of sexual activity in a man’s 50s could offer protection from the disease. Most of the differences were attributed…»»Read more: Masturbation May Increase Risk of Prostate Cancer
Sometimes people ask about prostate biopsy side effects, or about prostate biopsy risks . The greatest risk is not getting accurate prostate samples, that is not making correct conclusions as a result of the biopsy. If there IS indeed a cancer and it’s stage is high, not detecting it could be very dangerous, because it could methastasize in the mean time. It’s is well known that in the case of…»»Read more: Prostate Biopsy Side-effects & Risks- Are there any?
The pathologist is the physician who receives the tissue specimens (blood, biopsies, prostates) from your urologist or surgeon . He works in the lab, and will now analyze and diagnose the received specimens. Nobody really emphasizes the importance of the pathologist, and the lab seems like a black box most of the time: the samples go in and the diagnostic comes out. The inner workings are a mistery for most…»»Read more: Prostate Biopsy Evaluation & Results
After PSA testing and DRE (Digital Rectal Exam), a prostate biopsy may be required by your doctor, in order to make a correct and as precise as possible diagnostic.
So we may conclude that a biopsy of the prostate is necessary if either the PSA or DRE result is abnormal.
Why is prostate biopsy done?
It is performed for two reasons:
- in order to find the true cause behind the elevated PSA levels.
- because, as we…