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
April 11, 2010 by Prostate Dr. · Comments Off
I had heard of prostate diseases for years but never thought much about it till a friend developed prostate problems.
His situation was enough to get me curious about prostate diseases.
First I learned that the prostate is a doughnut-shaped cluster of glands at the bottom of the bladder between the rectum and the base of the penis. It produces most of the fluid in semen.
I then learned that there are three main…»»Read more: What You Need To Know About The Prostate And Its Diseases
April 8, 2010 by Prostate Dr. · Comments Off
When a patient is first diagnosed with prostate cancer and has had all the relevant tests to check the extent of the disease he will normally have an appointment with his doctor to discuss what is best. Prostate cancer treatment will depend on the extent of the cancer and on the intent of the treatment. For example early prostate cancers will be treated with surgery, radiotherapy or watchful waiting. Prostate cancer surgery…»»Read more: Common Forms Of Prostate Cancer Treatment Prescribed
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
What is Cancer and Prostate Cancer?
Aside from a fearsome word, cancer in general and prostate cancer in particular is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells, with unknown causes (although many are assumed) and which sounds to many like a death sentence.
Prostate cancer begins when cells in a man’s prostate gland grow out of control and take over healthy cells. It is a slow-growing malignant growth…»»Read more: Prostate Cancer: Symptoms, Treatments, Data
The prostate biopsy is an important part of the diagnosis process of cancer, and this is because an accurate and early estimation of tumor grade significantly helps prostate cancer patients in their management of prostate disorders.
There are many kinds of biopsies: lung, breast, liver etc. and of course, prostate biopsies.
The etimology of this word sais it all: Biopsy= bios (greek- life) + opsis (greek- view).
So it’s a “slice” of a living organ[ism] which…»»Read more: The Prostate Biopsy
Here are some statistics on prostate cancer, relative to the year 2007:
- 559.650 Americans are expected to die of all forms of cancer, cancer being exceeded in the US only by heart diseases. Survival rates have improved in the last decade, being now to about 66% (1996-2002), and growing from a 55% between 1975-1977. This increase reflects the higher early-stage rate in cancer diagnosis and the better prostate cancer treatments options…