New treatment for prostate cancer gives 'perfect results' for nine in ten men: research

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    Apr 17, 2012 3:21 PM GMT
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9206425/New-treatment-for-prostate-cancer-gives-perfect-results-for-nine-in-ten-men-research.html

    A new treatment for prostate cancer can rid the disease from nine in ten men without debilitating side effects, a study has found, leading to new hope for tens of thousands of men.

    It is hoped the new treatment, which involves heating only the tumours with a highly focused ultrasound, will mean men can be treated without an overnight stay in hospital and avoiding the distressing side effects associated with current therapies.

    A study has found that focal HIFU, high-intensity focused ultrasound, provides the 'perfect' outcome of no major side effects and free of cancer 12 months after treatment, in nine out of ten cases.

    Traditional surgery or radiotherapy can only provide the perfect outcome in half of cases currently.

    Experts have said the results are 'very encouraging' and were a 'paradigm' shift in treatment of the disease.

    It is hoped that large scale trials can now begin so the treatment could be offered routinely on the NHS within five years.
  • metta

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    Apr 17, 2012 4:34 PM GMT
    Excellent news! I have a friend that found out a few months ago that he has prostate cancer. He was talking to me like he thought his life was almost over. I just forwarded this information to him. Thanks for posting this! icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 17, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    metta8 saidExcellent news! I have a friend that found out a few months ago that he has prostate cancer. He was talking to me like he thought his life was almost over. I just forwarded this information to him. Thanks for posting this! icon_smile.gif

    Of course, his cancer must be still well contained in the prostate for this treatment. So, gentlemen, get tested. It's just a little blood test.
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    Apr 17, 2012 4:51 PM GMT
    I was diagnosed just a little over five years ago. The progress in treatment since then has been phenomenal with something new seeminly everyday. But early diagnosis is essential. Get tested and talk to others about getting tested. Losing your prostate is devastating and most men have no idea what their prostate is or does. Don't be one to lose it and then find out how important a gland it is.
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    Apr 17, 2012 5:32 PM GMT
    Well, if you're diagnosed with prostate cancer, you can pretty much kiss your prostate good-bye. But avoiding the side effects of current therapies is a big deal!
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    Apr 17, 2012 6:14 PM GMT
    Right now, I'd have to agree with you, Caslon. However, there are several immunotherapy drugs which try to use the body's own immune system to fight the tumors. The drugs are currently offered only for men in later stages of the cancer meaning that after whatever course of treatment orginally chosen, the cancer has spread and continues to grow. Whether earlier treatment would be beneficial to men in earlier stages is still undetermined but progress is being made and, hopefully, we will see a treatment that will eradicate the tumors and leave the prostate intact and functional.
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    Apr 17, 2012 6:22 PM GMT
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    "What does your prostate do?

    Your prostate has two important functions: one is to help control urination and the other is to help sexual activity.

    The prostate has a so-called passive role in the process of urination. It helps to control the rate at which urine flows out of the bladder and into the urethra. It does this by the effect of muscle fibers in the prostate that surround the urethra.

    The prostate also has an active role in sexual activity. The prostate gland makes a whitish glandular secretion which collects within the prostate and is fed into the urethra during ejaculation. This glandular secretion helps the motility of the sperm in the urethra and makes up about a third of the seminal fluid, thus giving seminal fluid its whitish appearance.

    Control of the prostate

    The growth of the prostate and control over how it works are fundamentally based on the levels of the male sex hormone testosterone, which is produced by the testes. The production of testosterone is itself controlled by another complex set of hormonal interactions. "


    http://www.phoenix5.org/Infolink/Physiology.html
  • daddysw

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    Apr 17, 2012 6:25 PM GMT
    it's great news. I was diagnosed with a high PSA level 4 years ago, and although it has reduced since then, I had to have two biopsies and biannual checks.

    Happy to chat with any other guys who might have worries about taking a PSA test or having an internal examination.
  • Lincsbear

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    Apr 17, 2012 7:15 PM GMT
    It sounds like great news!
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    Apr 17, 2012 10:16 PM GMT
    And today Warren Buffett announced that he has stage 1 PCa.
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    Apr 18, 2012 2:31 PM GMT
    Warren Buffett is in his 80's so they will undoubtedly do NOTHING( watch and wait) for his prostate cancer as old age will take him out before the prostate CA does.