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All Prostate Disorders Special Reports

A New Look at Cryosurgery

Also known as cryotherapy or cryoablation, cryosurgery is a minimally invasive treatment that kills cancer cells by freezing them. Cryosurgery is not a new prostate cancer treatment -- it's been used for more than 40 years, most commonly as 'salvage' therapy in men whose cancer has recurred locally in the prostate after radiation therapy. But today, it's getting more attention as a first-line option thanks to technological advances in the tools used to perform the procedure. Nonetheless, it is not right for everyone. Here are some issues to consider before making your decision. More...

Planning Ahead: The Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney

If you have advanced prostate cancer, you may want to take the time now to make some important decisions about your future medical care, in case you are ever not able to make decisions for yourself. This Health Alert looks at two popular kinds of advance directives: a living will and a durable power of attorney for healthcare. More...

Should You Take Proscar to Prevent Prostate Cancer?

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Proton Beam Therapy for Prostate Cancer

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Vitamin D and Prostate Cancer

Vitamin D may turn out to be a ray of hope for men with prostate cancer. Laboratory and population-based research suggest that adequate levels of vitamin D reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer and may help suppress the growth and spread of prostate cancer cells in men who already have it. A significant proportion of older men have suboptimal levels of vitamin D, especially during the winter and spring months. But boosting your vitamin D levels isn't difficult. More...

Taxotere: Chemotherapy for Advanced Prostate Cancer

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Testosterone-Replacement Therapy: Does It Increase Prostate Cancer Risk?

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Understanding Your Pathology Report

Pathologists are the unseen and unsung heroes in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Their reports set the entire process in motion, determining in large part the treatment decisions that follow. The pathologist is a medical doctor who has at least four years of residency training beyond the four years of medical school. The pathologist studies the slivers of prostate tissue (cores) removed during your prostate biopsy. The doctor who performed the prostate biopsy will have indicated… More...

Simple Steps to Protect Yourself Against Prostate Cancer

Reducing your risk of prostate cancer begins with the big picture, those well-publicized major lifestyle changes that are widely recommended but often difficult to accomplish. Then there are the smaller details: cancer-protective foods, supplements, and medications. A serious prostate cancer risk-reduction program encompasses both approaches. Achieving a healthy weight, committing to regular exercise, and altering long-ingrained dietary habits are the most important steps you can take to protect yourself from prostate cancer. And their payoff… More...

Advice to Help You Cope With Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatments

Hormonal therapy for prostate cancer can be rough with unpleasant side effects. Johns Hopkins provides advice to help soften the impact. The male hormone testosterone influences more than a man's sex life. It also plays a role in bone health, muscle mass, levels of energy, and even psychological well-being. Hormonal therapies for prostate cancer, known as androgen-deprivation therapy, shut down testosterone production. When testosterone levels plummet, the effects are swift and unpleasant. Knowing what side effects… More...

New Treatments for BPH

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Prostate Disorders Glossary

The Prostate Disorders Glossary from Johns Hopkins Health Alerts is derived from The Johns Hopkins White Papers: Prostate Disorders. More...

When the Diagnosis Is Prostate Cancer -- Seeking a Second (or Third or Fourth) Opinion

Determining a course of treatment for prostate cancer is one of the most harrowing decisions in modern medicine. Not only do treatments such as surgery and radiation therapy have troubling side effects, but doctors can’t agree on which treatments work best—and are more likely to recommend the option that they specialize in. Hence, to be in the best position for making decisions about your own treatment for prostate cancer, it’s vital to get more than one opinion. More...

Getting Your PSA Tested for Prostate Cancer

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New Biomarkers Offer Hope for Improving on PSA Test Results

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