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    admin wrote a new blog post: Pre-op Counseling For Prostate Surgery Not Effective   7 years, 2 months ago

    Researchers have found that over half of men undergoing radical prostatectomy have unrealistic expectations about some of the outcomes.

    Daniela Wittmann, MSW, and colleagues at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan found that despite a pre-operative education program, 61 percent of men expected the same or better <span style="text-decoration: [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Pre-op Counseling For Prostate Surgery Not Effective   7 years, 2 months ago

    Researchers have found that over half of men undergoing radical prostatectomy have unrealistic expectations about some of the outcomes.

    Daniela Wittmann, MSW, and colleagues at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan found that despite a pre-operative education program, 61 percent of men expected the same or better <span style="text-decoration: [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Saturation Biopsy Detects More Cancers   7 years, 2 months ago

    According to a new report, analysis of 20 to 24 biopsy cores is superior to analysis of 12 to 14 cores for detecting prostate cancer in men who’ve had a normal prostate biopsy in the past.

    J. Stephen Jones, M.D., from Cleveland Clinic, Ohio said, “We have shown that transrectal saturation biopsy [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Sacral Neuromodulation Treats Refractory Idiopathic Urge Urinary Incontinence   7 years, 2 months ago

    According to Dutch researchers, sacral neuromodulation could be a safe, if impermanent, way to treat refractory idiopathic urge urinary incontinence.

    Sacral neuromodulation, also known as sacral nerve stimulation, involves the implantation of a programmable stimulator subcutaneously which delivers low amplitude electrical stimulation through a lead to the sacral nerve, usually accessed via [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Surgery Improves Longevity and Quality of Life for cT3 Prostate Cancer Patients   7 years, 2 months ago

    Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, a leading nonprofit institution providing medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life based in Rochester, Minnesota, have found that long-term survival rates for patients with advanced prostate cancer suggest that they can be good candidates for surgery.  The research team found [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Alpha Blocker Improves Symptoms of Chronic Prostatitis   7 years, 2 months ago

    Recent findings show that treatment with a specific alpha blocker helps reduce symptoms and improve quality of life for men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS).  This alpha-blocker, called silodosin, works by selectively relaxing the muscles in the neck of the urinary bladder and [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: New Blood Cleaning Procedure Allows Kidney Patients to Receive Transplant with Different Blood Type   7 years, 3 months ago

    For the first time in North America, a Canadian hospital used a new blood-cleaning procedure for a kidney patient that will allow him to receive a transplant from a donor with a different blood type.

    Kidney transplants involving a donor and recipient with different blood types are rare.  Most people have natural antibodies in [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Weight Loss Increases Libido in Obese Men with Type 2 Diabetes   7 years, 3 months ago

    A small Australian clinical study showed that sexual function improved significantly and quickly in obese men with type 2 diabetes after weight loss with reduced-calorie diets.  For 31 men who lost five percent to ten percent of their body weight in eight weeks, erectile function, sexual desire, and urinary symptoms all [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Reprogrammed Kidney Cells Could Make Transplants and Dialysis Obsolete   7 years, 3 months ago

    A recently published article in the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN) indicates that patients’ own kidney cells can be gathered and reprogrammed, which means that in the future, fewer patients with kidney disease would need complicated, expensive procedures that affect their quality of life.

    Sharon Ricardo, PhD, from Monash University [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: No Relationship Between Small Prostate Size and High Grade Cancer   7 years, 3 months ago

    Previously, radical prostatectomy series have shown an inverse relationship between prostate size and high grade cancer.  It was suggested that smaller sized prostates arise in a low androgen environment, which enables development of more aggressive cancer.  A recent study by a team of authors from Stanford [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Prostate Cancer Vaccine Fights Tumors Without Damaging Healthy Tissue In Mice   7 years, 3 months ago

    Researchers have developed a vaccine that destroys even advanced prostate tumors without any side effects.  The vaccine has only been shown to work in mice, but the researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota and at the University of Leeds in England hope that the treatment can someday work [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Pre-surgery Protocol for Hard-to-Match Kidney Transplant Patients Improves Survival Chances   7 years, 3 months ago

    A new Johns Hopkins study has found that candidates for kidney transplant who are hard-to-match and who receive a treatment designed to make their bodies more accepting of incompatible organs are twice as likely to survive eight years after transplant surgery as those who stay on dialysis for years awaiting compatible organs.  The [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Rectal Injuries During Treatment for Prostate Cancer Reduced by Tissue Spacers   7 years, 3 months ago

    Recent research has found that injecting a tissue space in the prostate-rectal inter-space is an effective way to reduce the rectal dose for prostate cancer patients receiving radiation therapy.  These results were presented at the Cancer Imaging and Radiation Therapy Symposium in Atlanta, sponsored by the American Society for Radiation Oncology [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: New Technology May Encourage Doctors to Recommend Prostate Surgery   7 years, 3 months ago

    A new study finds that after hospitals in Wisconsin received robotic surgery technology, the number of prostate removals there doubled within three months.  In contrast, the number of prostate surgeries remained the same at hospitals that did not purchase this new two-million dollar technology.

    This finding was published in the [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Sexual Potency After Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer Stabilizes After Two Years   7 years, 3 months ago

    According to data from a prospective cohort study by Richard Valicenti, MD, of the University of California Davis and colleagues, sexual function declines in the first two years after external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) for prostate cancer but stabilizes thereafter.  Pretreatment sexual function was the strongest predictor of sexual function at [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Brisk Walking Slows Down Prostate Cancer Progression   7 years, 3 months ago

    A recent study at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Harvard School of Public Health found that an association between brisk walking and lowered risk of prostate cancer progression in a study of 1,455 men in the U.S. diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.

    The research [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Hormone Therapy Used to Treat Prostate Cancer Increases Vertebral Fractures   7 years, 3 months ago

    A recent study found that androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), a hormone therapy that is used to treat prostate cancer, speeds up loss of bone mineral density and increases vertebral fractures, particularly in white men.  The study was published in the Journal of Urology.

    The men in the study were enrolled [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: ED Drug Use Associated with Higher Rate of STDs   7 years, 3 months ago

    About a year ago, a major retrospective study showed that men prescribed erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs, such as sildenafil (Viagra) had markedly higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases.  This relationship, however, could have more to do with behavior than with ED drug use.

    Anupam Jena, MD, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Partial Versus Complete Removal of Kidney in Cancer Treatment is Better for Bone Health   7 years, 3 months ago

    Recent research at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has shed new light on how surgery impacts both chronic kidney disease and bone health, especially in women.  These findings emphasize the importance of pursuing kidney-sparing surgery in an effort to preserve kidney function and to reduce the risk of bone [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: C-choline Offers No Advantage for Bladder Cancer Scans   7 years, 3 months ago

    Israeli researchers have recently reported that using C-choline as a tracer in positron emission tomography/computerized tomography (PET/CT) for staging urothelial carcinoma offers no advantages over fluorine-18 2-flouro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (F18-FDG).  In fact, C-choline may perform worse.

    Shay Golan, MD, of Rabin Medical Center found that despite initial optimism, the use of the novel [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Simple Postage Stamp Test Objectively Assesses ED   7 years, 3 months ago

    According to the results of a small clinical study at Fox-Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, a simple, inexpensive home test for erectile dysfunction showed a good correlation with prostate cancer patients’ and partners’ subjective assessments of their sex life.

    Objective measures of nocturnal tumescence, erectile dysfunction (ED), and overall sexual [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Brisk Walking Slows Down Prostate Cancer Progression   7 years, 3 months ago

    A recent study at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Harvard School of Public Health found that an association between brisk walking and lowered risk of prostate cancer progression in a study of 1,455 men in the U.S. diagnosed with early-stage prostate [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Dialysis At Home Improves Sleep Problems From Restless Legs Syndrome   7 years, 3 months ago

    A study earlier this year published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) found that performing daily dialysis at home for dialysis patients can help alleviate sleep problems related to restless legs syndrome (RLS).  RLS is a common problem for dialysis patients, and it affects hemodialysis patients about four times as [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Urine Test Can Help Detect and Sort Prostate Cancer   7 years, 4 months ago

    Researchers report that an investigational urine test can detect and stratify prostate cancer in men with elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA).  According to Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD, of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor and colleagues, the test is based on the detection of a gene fusion [...]

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    admin wrote a new blog post: Alpha Blocker Improves Symptoms of Chronic Prostatitis   7 years, 4 months ago

    Recent findings show that treatment with a specific alpha blocker helps reduce symptoms and improve quality of life for men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS).  This alpha-blocker, called silodosin, works by selectively relaxing the muscles in the neck of the urinary bladder and prostate.  It [...]