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Seed Implantation + External Radiation: Do Patients Really Benefit?

A large study recently reported long term results with ProstRcision, which is a combination of external radiation and seed implantation. The authors make claims about its superior results, but the entire study is misleading and provides no information about side effects or survival. Furthermore, the authors claim in their advertising that the results are better […]

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Do Calcium and Vitamin D Prevent Osteoporosis in Men on Hormone Therapy?

Men on hormone therapy are routinely advised to take Calcium and Vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis and fractures. But, do they actually work? Has the benefit really been proven? This video reviews the published studies and gives you advice on what to do. It also discusses a new treatment approved for this purpose.

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Is Salvage Cryotherapy Effective for Recurrent Prostate Cancer?

There is little evidence that any particular treatment will cure recurrent prostate cancer in men who have disease present after external radiation or previous cryotherapy. A recent study in over 300 men reported on their results with cryotherapy and the findings and its significance is discussed in the video

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Should Men Take Selenium to Prevent Prostate Cancer

A recent study suggests that selenium intake can reduce the risk of prostate cancer. The video discusses the study and provides men with the best approach.

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Intermittent Hormone Therapy Fails the Test

A very important randomized study is being presented at the ASCO meeting and appears to show that intermittent hormone therapy results in a worse survival in men with metastatic prostate cancer compared to men on continuous therapy. This is consistent with another study done in Europe and it is important for many reasons, most importantly […]

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Final Recommendations Regarding Screening for Prostate Cancer

A government task force has finalized their report and are recommending against routinely screening for prostate cancer. Their reason is that based on the best available evidence, the benefits from screening are very small and they are outweighed by the harms. What does this mean for you? Should you get tested or not? This video […]

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Combining External Radiation and Brachytherapy: More Harm Than Good

Combining external radiation and seed implantation is used by many doctors to treat localized prostate cancer. Unfortunately, no study has ever demonstrated this combination was better than either therapy alone. Now a recent study shows the harms of this treatment without improving results. For men with low risk disease, there is no reason to consider […]

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Latest Information About Active Surveillance for Localized Disease

A recent conference occurred in which the status of active surveillance was reviewed. All men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer should be aware of this information before choosing their therapy because the current consensus is that too many men are receiving unnecessary treatment for this disease. (Reviewed May, 2012) Click here to see the video

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Benefit of Provenge for Progressive Metastatic Prostate Cancer Challenged

A recent report questioned whether Provenge is really beneficial for men with progressive, asymmptomatic or minimally symptomatic metastatic disease. This was not based on any new studies, however, and the FDA and other experts have pointed out the flaws in this article as discussed in the video. The bottom line for patients is also reviewed.

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Is Proton Therapy Really Worthwhile?

A recent commentary was made by the Radiological Society about the value of Proton Therapy for Localized prostate cancer. They cited two recent studies in support of this treatment but neither of them offers very good proof that the treatment works as discussed in this video. The bottom line is that no study has shown […]

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