When Should You Get a Prostate Cancer Screening?

Cancer screening is the best way to find cancer early. An early diagnosis means easier, more effective treatment and less chance of it spreading. Many cancers, including prostate cancer, have no symptoms in the early stages. If you don’t have symptoms or regular screenings, prostate cancer can grow without you knowing you have it. Age is one of the factors associated with your risk, so identifying when you should get a screening can depend on many different factors. While men that don’t have existing high risk factors may be able to wait longer than other men to receive screening, it is important to evaluate each case individually.

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Categories: Cancer Screening, Prostate Cancer

How to Read a Prostate Cancer Pathology Report

If you’ve just received the results of a prostate pathology report from your doctor, you may have questions that you didn’t think about when you first spoke with your doctor.  While you can certainly always check back with your doctor for more clarification, we’ll walk you through the information that is included in a prostate pathology report. 

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Categories: Cancer Management, Cancer Screening, Prostate Cancer

Life After Prostate Removal

For many men with prostate cancer, prostate removal is never needed because the cancer is often slow-growing and managed with non-surgical treatments. But, if the cancer has grown beyond the prostate, the oncologist may recommend prostate removal surgery, also called a prostatectomy. If you are going to have prostate removal surgery, this information can help you in your discussion with the doctors.

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Categories: Cancer Survivorship, Prostate Cancer, Survivorship & Side Effects

7 Important Things You Probably Didn't Know About Prostate Cancer

Thankfully the second-most common type of cancer among men, prostate cancer, can be detected, monitored and treated very successfully today, giving men a higher likelihood of survival than ever before. Here are seven facts about prostate cancer that can help you and your family better understand risk factors, detection and treatment options.

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Categories: Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer and Alcohol: What We Need to Know

It has been established by cancer researchers that alcohol is a risk factor for many types of cancers. What may not be that well known is the fact that alcohol is not a risk factor, maybe even be a risk reducer for other types cancers. So how does alcohol specifically affect prostate cancer? This blog is going to take a look at the relation between alcohol consumption and prostate cancer.

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Categories: Cancer Risk, Cancer Screening, Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer: Watchful Waiting vs. Active Surveillance

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Most of the men who have it are over 65 and live active lives. If your oncologist (the type of doctor that sees cancer patients) sees that your cancer is growing slowly, they may decide that you don't need treatment. You should never make that decision by yourself. 

If you were diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may hear your oncologist use terms such as "watchful waiting" or "active surveillance." These may come up if the cancer is determined to be small, slow-growing, and confined within the prostate (has not metastasized). Some doctors don't use the terms properly, so be sure that your oncologist has the right definition.

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Categories: Cancer Treatment, Prostate Cancer

Three Big Advancements to Watch in Prostate Cancer Research

Aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. Because of this, prostate cancer research has been an ongoing process of looking into causes, prevention, detection, and treatment of the disease. But with hundreds upon hundreds of published studies out there, how can patients keep up with what’s new? Since September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a great time to discuss the new developments that are being made in prostate cancer treatment.

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Categories: Prostate Cancer