prostate cancer

Doctors’ Profit Spurs More Men to Get Prostate Radiation

Posted on 08/19/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA government investigation reveals that doctors who have a financial interest in a radiation center are more likely to prescribe such treatment for older men with prostate cancer, possibly leading to unneeded procedures, negative side effects and a bloated medical bill. The New York Times reports that investigators from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Medicare beneficiaries were often unaware that their doctor stood to profit from prescribing radiation therapy. Alternative treatments might be equally effective, especially for older men, …

Overcoming Loss of Libido After Cancer

Posted on 08/9/2013 by | Sex & Relationships | Comments

RelationshipsQ: I am 69 years of age and married. Three and a half years ago I had radiation treatment  for prostate cancer. The cancer is in remission. However, my libido has come to a screeching halt. I have no interest in sex, although I have forced myself to try masturbation to try for an erection. Occasionally this will work, but most times it is a failure. Because of my lack of libido, my wife and I are slipping away from …

Fish Oils May Raise Men’s Risk of Prostate Cancer

Posted on 07/11/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOmega-3 fish oils, found in supplements as well as fatty fish like salmon and sardines, have been touted for their health benefits, including protecting against heart disease. But a new study seems to turn that advice on its head for men: Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have found that men with high blood levels of fish oils have an increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer. Men with the highest levels had a 71 percent increased risk …

Surgery Overkill: Why Do We Love Robotic Procedures?

Posted on 06/28/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe treatments cost more and, at least in the case of prostate surgeries and hysterectomies, there’s no evidence they do a better job, yet as National Public Radio put it, “it’s hard to resist a robot.” Especially for older men. Even though most medical associations have warned men with early stage prostate cancer not to rush into unneeded treatment — like surgery or radiation that could leave them incontinent or impotent  — older men are increasingly choosing expensive new treatments, …

Prostate Gene Test Could Save Men From Surgery

Posted on 05/9/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor men who undergo a biopsy for a prostate tumor, the big question has been whether to wait and see if the cancer grows slowly, or to treat it immediately with a regimen that could cause incontinence or impotence. What made the decision difficult is that there’s been no good way to tell which kind of cancer a man might have — slow-growing or aggressive — but a new gene-analysis test introduced this week may make the decision clearer. The …

Multivitamins, Men and Cancer: New Study Shows Small Benefit

Posted on 10/17/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe first major study of long-term daily multivitamin use by nearly 15,000 older men found that it has a modest effect in reducing overall cancer but not, unfortunately, in lowering the risk for prostate cancer. The study was published online today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, to coincide with the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Anaheim. Multivitamins are the most common dietary supplement, regularly taken by at least one-third of U.S. adults. Although there has …