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  • (Reuters Health) - Patients, their families and friends may see clinical trial research as important, yet they don't know much about the research process and see trial participation as burdensome, a new study suggests. About 85 percent of respondents in the new study said clinical research is important to developing...
  • (Reuters Health) - Cancer drugs that keep tumors from growing may not lead to better quality of life for patients, a new study suggests. "In countries where patients need to pay co-pays, they can use up all their savings in order to get access to those expensive new drugs and in the end, they may not extend their...
  • WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Among the most significant advances in surgery has been the development of laparoscopic -- or minimally invasive -- procedures. These are new ways to perform many standard operations, with a few, very small incisions, often barely a half-inch long, compared to traditional so...
  • AVOIDING EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENTS IN FAVOR OF UNTESTED ONES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO HIGHER DEATH RATES, A YALE STUDY FOUND. A diagnosis of cancer, even an early-stage, highly curable cancer, can prompt some people to feel as if they’ve suddenly lost control of their future and that they must do whatever they can to regain...
  • Does my choice of initial prostate cancer treatment preclude other treatments later on? Answer section For most initial prostate cancer treatments, the answer is no. For instance, if your initial treatment is surgery to remove the prostate (prostatectomy), other treatments, such as radiation therapy and hormone...
  • (Reuters Health) - When terminally ill Americans receive experimental medicines through so-called "compassionate use" programs, they typically only get these drugs after extensive tests for safety and effectiveness, a U.S. study suggests. "This means that sufficient evidence of safety and effectiveness has been...
  • WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Men with localized high-risk prostate cancer can slow its spread by using a cancer drug that's already on the market, a new clinical trial shows. The targeted drug enzalutamide (Xtandi) reduced by 71 percent these men's risk of either dying from their prostate cancer or...
  • When Ben Pfeiffer was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April, his urologist noted in the biopsy report that he was leaning toward recommending that Pfeiffer have his prostate surgically removed. But Pfeiffer, 58, a married construction supervisor from Las Vegas with two grown daughters, said his wife insisted that he...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Escalating the radiation dose in men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer improves biochemical control but not overall survival, researchers say. Dr. Jeff Michalski of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri and colleagues studied 1,499 patients from 104...
  • (Reuters Health) - Doctors who don't have palliative care training are more likely to recommend aggressive surgery for patients with life-limiting diseases, a study suggests. Researchers surveyed 102 surgeons, oncologists, intensive care specialists, and palliative care doctors near Sacramento, California, asking how...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, the automated-bone-scan index (aBSI) is significantly associated with survival, according to a secondary analysis of data from a clinical trial. As Dr. Andrew J. Armstrong told Reuters Health by email, "In this study, we have...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The optimal treatment for prostate cancer with Gleason score (GS) 9-10 appears to be a combination of external beam radiotherapy (EBRT), brachytherapy (BT) and androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), according to a retrospective database study. "I would like to underscore that these patients...
  • Harvard Health Blog If you are like me, when you get the flu you head straight to the pharmacy and grab the most powerful over-the-counter medicine you can find. But is that really the best approach? After all, your condition, symptoms and reaction to the virus may be quite different from someone else's, so why use...
  • (Reuters Health) - Men with prostate cancer who get the gland removed may be just as likely to suffer after-effects like erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence with robotic surgery as with other operations, a UK study suggests. Researchers examined data on men with localized prostate cancer who had an operation...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Following prostatectomy, patients with prostate cancer who have adverse pathological features may benefit most from adjuvant radiotherapy, according to a multicenter cohort study. As Dr. Jason A. Efstathiou told Reuters Health by email, "When surgery has probably failed to cure a patient,...
  • Herbal products and prescription drugs aren’t always a good mix. That’s the conclusion of a new study that sheds more light on which herbal remedies should send up a red flag for people on certain drugs. In addition to dangerous side effects, herbal products can impact the efficacy of the drugs, researchers said....
  • Overview Prostatectomy includes a number of surgical procedures to remove part or all of the prostate gland. The prostate gland is situated in the male pelvis, below the urinary bladder. It surrounds the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder to the penis. Prostatectomy can be performed in several ways,...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young female cancer survivors face daunting decisions about whether to undergo fertility-preservation procedures, and they need better information and support, researchers say. "When a young woman is diagnosed with cancer, a whirlwind of tests, doctor visits, and procedures follows. The...
  • Immunotherapy is revolutionizing the way doctors treat cancer. But it doesn’t work for everyone or for every type of cancer. What makes it a lifesaver for some people and completely ineffective for others? It all depends on the cancer — and on other factors that researchers are still trying to figure out. How does...
  • THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men with low-risk prostate cancer report a good quality of life after choosing active surveillance as a treatment for their disease, a new study finds. Active surveillance for prostate cancer means a man chooses not to have surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, but instead...