How Does Prostate Cancer Hormone Therapy Work?

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What is prostate cancer hormone therapy and how does it work? Prostate cancer hormone therapy is used quite often when treating prostate cancer patients. This therapy does not involve the patient actually receiving hormones. Rather, doctors try to suppress the hormone testosterone. Dr. Richard Bevan-Thomas tells us that prostate cancer cells actually use testosterone for […]

Why is it Beneficial to Know the Biology of a Prostate Cancer Tumor?

Biology of a Prostate Cancer Tumor

Why the biology of a prostate cancer tumor should be assessed. Not all prostate cancers are the same. Some are high-risk and aggressive, some can be monitored and controlled. The course of care that a patient will receive will be based on the aggressiveness of the tumor. Patients with low-risk cancer may not always be […]

The Oncotype DX Test


What is the Oncotype DX test? The Oncotype DX test is relatively new in the fight against cancer. It is a genetic test which looks at the tumor biology of your prostate cancer biopsy tissue. Doctors use this test with a patient’s PSA score and clinical stage to more accurately determine the aggressiveness of your […]

Why is the Oncotype DX Test Important for Patients and Doctors?


The¬†importance of the Oncotype DX test explained. With current widespread technologies, when men are diagnosed with low risk prostate cancer, the clinical staging can be inaccurate or at least unable to determine where a particular patient falls on that spectrum of low risk disease. This can lead to a lot of anxiety for prostate cancer […]

How does the Oncotype DX test help patients on active surveillance for prostate cancer?

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Active Surveillance with the Oncotype DX test Choosing active surveillance as a treatment path for prostate cancer can be a difficult decision for patients. It can be hard to be diagnosed with a disease like prostate cancer and then take a “wait and see” approach. However, new technologies like the Oncotype¬†DX test allow men to […]

Alternatives to Prostate Biopsy


Are there any alternatives to prostate biopsy? Doctors have long relied upon biopsies to determine a cancer diagnosis. These procedures can be dangerous and have been fatal. Dr. Mark Scholz says new imaging studies, MRI and ultrasound, can eliminate the need for biopsies. These procedures have proven to be very accurate and are completely safe. […]

Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery from Start to Finish


How does a doctor perform robotic prostate cancer surgery? Patients who are a candidate to undergo robotic prostate cancer surgery may want to know a little more about what the procedure entails. Dr. David Albala goes over the different steps of a typical robotic surgery procedure and sheds some light on the process in this […]

What Tests Determine if Active Surveillance is an Option for Prostate Cancer?

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Tests for Active Surveillance There are several tests doctors use to determine if a patient is a good candidate for active surveillance as a treatment option. Doctors determine a patient’s Gleason score by examining the suspect tissue and rating the aggressiveness of the tumor on a scale that ranges from 1 to 10. The Prostate-Specific […]

The Benefits of Using Ultrasound for Prostate Cancer


What are the benefits of using prostate cancer ultrasound? Advances in imaging are giving doctors the tools they need to produce a better quality of life for prostate cancer patients and reduce patient discomfort during routine procedures. According to Dr. Mark Scholz, a prostate cancer ultrasound is generally used to determine the presence or absence […]

The Benefits of Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery

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How does robotic prostate cancer surgery improve surgeon accuracy? Eighty percent of prostate cancer surgeries in the U.S. are done with robotic procedures today. Dr. David Albala tells us that robots allow surgeons to better meet the goals of robotic prostate cancer surgery which can lead to better outcomes for patients. Doctors can more accurately […]

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