Category: Other Treatments

The PIVOTAL Trial: The Safety of Aggressive Radiation for Prostate Cancer

Thanks to PSA screening and early detection, most prostate cancer (PCa) is diagnosed while it is still contained in the prostate gland. This implies favorable odds that any whole-gland treatment is potentially curative: radical prostatectomy, beam radiation, brachytherapy (seed implants), cryotherapy (freezing), or HIFU. For patients whose PCa exists as an unifocal disease—that is, an keep reading

A Case Study of Recurrent Prostate Cancer after Proton Beam Therapy

When the National Cancer Institute (NCI) publishes a case study in prostate cancer (PCa) treatment, it’s an experience in very respectable clinical detail. An example is the 2015 analysis of one man’s recurrent PCa following primary (first) prostate cancer treatment with proton beam radiation. The study, “Upgrading Prostate Cancer Following Proton Beam Therapy,”[i] includes co-author keep reading

Cannabis and Prostate Cancer

Cannabis and Prostate Cancer - Medical Marijuana - Sperling Prostate Center
Cannabis (marijuana, pot, weed, grass etc.) is a widely used recreational and medicinal drug. In fact, cannabis use dates far back in ancient times, probably for the same two purposes. Today, state laws in the U.S. are rapidly becoming more permissive less than a century after it was made illegal in 1937. According to Ramos keep reading

Another Reason Reconsider Radiation Treatment: Low Testosterone

Men with localized prostate cancer (PCa) are usually given three treatment choices: radical prostatectomy (RP), external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) or Active Surveillance (AS). Although patients are rarely told about minimal-to-noninvasive treatments that can be applied as focal therapy, it’s somewhat heartening that urologists and radiologists are increasingly supportive of AS for low-risk patients. This keep reading
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