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Diagnosis: Prostate Cancer

by Mark A. Moyad, MD, MPH

If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer and have ques­tions about treatment-related side effects, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ll review common side effects from some of the conventional prostate cancer treatments, as well as what can be done to alleviate them or reduce their impact.

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Managing Incontinence for Men with Cancer

A lot of men have incontinence after treatment for prostate cancer, but it can happen after being treated for other cancers too. If you have this problem, you are not alone. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you are having trouble controlling your urine. There are ways to help.

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Your Guide to Making Prostate Cancer Treatment Decisions

by Steven Lamm, MD, Herbert Lepor, MD, and Dan Sperling, MD

Ultimately, you are responsible for your own healthcare. Your doctor is, of course, an important part of figuring out health problems and helping you treat them, but when it comes to decision making and fol­lowing through on treatment and care, the buck stops with you.

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Life after Prostate Cancer Treatment

by Steven Lamm, MD, Herbert Lepor, MD, and Dan Sperling, MD

The transition from prostate can­cer patient to prostate cancer survivor can be difficult for some men. Even if all detected cancer was removed or eradicated through treatment, there is always the fear that it may return or spread. It’s natural to experience some level of anxiety around this, and it’s not unfounded. Statisti­cally, biochemical recurrence, a rise in PSA levels that may indicate the presence of active prostate cancer, is not uncommon. This is why regular follow-up with your doctor after treat­ment is complete is so important.

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Regaining Control

by Barbara Delinsky

Loss of control is a major issue for those with breast cancer. It starts early on, when a problem is first suspected, and suddenly we’re taken over by fear, not to mention mammog­raphy machines, localization needles, hospital release forms, and biopsies. Then a positive diagnosis comes, and we’re really hit for a loop. We’re swamped by new information, con­fused by choices, intimidated by sterile rooms. We worry enough to lose sleep; we’re hurting from surgery, weak from anesthesia, and stressed over family demands; and we are not looking for­ward to the treatment ahead. There’s this big C looming over us, pressing us under its weight, threatening to dominate our daily lives for the next however-long.

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Prostate Cancer & the Man You Love

by Anne Katz, RN, PhD

So you’ve been with this same man for 10 or 20 or even 50 years and you each know how the other thinks, right? Per­haps at times you even say the exact same thing at the exact same time and you both laugh at how well you know each other. But when illness occurs, those automatic and familiar ways of communicating often don’t work any longer or as effectively. Times of crisis require great communication, not just good communication; these times re­quire the use of words rather than looks or telepathy.

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A Team Approach to Treating Prostate Cancer

by Alan M. Nieder, MD, and Rafael Yanes, MD

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin-related cancer for American men. The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. While prostate cancer can be aggressive, most men are diagnosed at an early and cur­able stage. Additionally, most newly diagnosed men have no signs or symptoms of prostate cancer and feel perfectly well. They are typically only diagnosed because they have had a PSA blood test that prompted a prostate biopsy.

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FDA Approves New Drug for Advanced Prostate Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Xofigo (radium Ra 223 dichloride) to treat men with symptomatic late-stage (metastatic) castration-resistant prostate cancer that has spread to bones but not to other organs. It is intended for men whose cancer has spread after receiving medical or surgical therapy to lower testosterone.

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