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Robot-assisted surgery to control prostate cancer effective in controlling disease for 10 years

Robot-assisted surgery to control prostate cancer effective in controlling disease for 10 years

Robot-assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is effective in controlling the disease for 10 years, according to a new study led by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. [More]
NAFC updates Male Stress Urinary Incontinence content

NAFC updates Male Stress Urinary Incontinence content

The National Association For Continence (NAFC) has updated the Male Stress Urinary Incontinence content at www.nafc.org. The new content is designed to be more patient friendly and includes an educational video, as well as additional resources about the diagnosis, treatment, and management of Male Stress Urinary Incontinence. [More]
Study explores how surgical innovation can lead to adverse events for patients

Study explores how surgical innovation can lead to adverse events for patients

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that the risk of patient harm increased two-fold in 2006 - the peak year that teaching hospitals nationwide embraced the pursuit of minimally invasive robotic surgery for prostate cancer. Results of the study are published in the July 2 online issue of JAMA Surgery. [More]
Study: Most physicians don't recommend active surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer

Study: Most physicians don't recommend active surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer

Specialists who treat prostate cancer agree that active surveillance is an effective option-yet most don't recommend it when appropriate for their own patients, according to a study in the July issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins , a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. [More]
ProMark test for prostate cancer meets primary endpoint

ProMark test for prostate cancer meets primary endpoint

Today, for the first time, Metamark presents results from the clinical validation study that showed ProMark, the first and only proteomic-based imaging biopsy test, achieved its primary endpoint by accurately differentiating between aggressive and non-aggressive forms of prostate cancer at early stages of disease. [More]
Robot-assisted surgery for removing cancerous prostate glands as safe as open surgery, but expensive

Robot-assisted surgery for removing cancerous prostate glands as safe as open surgery, but expensive

Minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery, which has become the main choice for surgically removing cancerous prostate glands during recent years, is as safe as open surgery for Medicare patients over age 65. [More]
Findings suggest usage of statins after surgery may reduce risk of prostate cancer recurrence

Findings suggest usage of statins after surgery may reduce risk of prostate cancer recurrence

Men who begin taking statins after prostate cancer surgery are less likely to have a recurrence of their cancer, according to a retrospective analysis led by researchers at Duke Medicine. [More]
Noninvasive technique detects prostate cancer using an electronic nose

Noninvasive technique detects prostate cancer using an electronic nose

We may soon be able to make easy and early diagnoses of prostate cancer by smell. Investigators in Finland have established that a novel noninvasive technique can detect prostate cancer using an electronic nose. In a proof of principle study, the eNose successfully discriminated between prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) by "sniffing" urine headspace (the space directly above the urine sample). Results using the eNose are comparable to testing prostate specific antigen (PSA), reports the Journal of Urology. [More]
Research roundup: Structural concerns in ACOs; public's view of mandated contraception coverage

Research roundup: Structural concerns in ACOs; public's view of mandated contraception coverage

The Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) programs reward participating health care provider groups that achieve slower spending growth and high quality of care. [More]
Intravesical prostatic protrusion predicts post-surgery incontinence

Intravesical prostatic protrusion predicts post-surgery incontinence

The length of intravesical prostatic protrusion in men undergoing radical prostatectomy predicts the likelihood that they will develop incontinence following surgery, Korean researchers have shown. [More]
Adjuvant radiotherapy after prostatectomy ‘risks urinary incontinence’

Adjuvant radiotherapy after prostatectomy ‘risks urinary incontinence’

Men who receive adjuvant radiation therapy following radical prostatectomy face a significantly increased risk of urinary incontinence in the following years, study findings indicate. [More]
Prostate stiffness is a risk factor for voiding dysfunction

Prostate stiffness is a risk factor for voiding dysfunction

Prostate elasticity is an independent risk factor for urinary voiding symptoms, although not for lower urinary tract symptoms in general or storage symptoms, clinical research indicates. [More]

Study finds long-term reduction in mortality for young men who undergo radical prostatectomy

More than 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year in the United States, but determining their course of treatment remains a source of considerable debate. A new study by researchers from Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden, Harvard School of Public Health and colleagues—which draws from one of the few randomized trials conducted to directly address this issue—finds a substantial long-term reduction in mortality for men with localized cancer who undergo a radical prostatectomy. [More]
Robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy shows better outcomes in cancer removal

Robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy shows better outcomes in cancer removal

An observational study from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer comparing robotic-assisted prostate surgery to open surgery for prostate cancer found that patients who had robotic surgery had fewer instances of cancer cells at the edge of the surgical specimen, or fewer positive margins, and less need of additional cancer treatments, such as hormone therapy or radiation, than patients who had open surgery. [More]
Sling technique boosts post-RARP early continence recovery

Sling technique boosts post-RARP early continence recovery

Researchers have shown that addition of the bladder neck sling suspension technique to robot-assisted radical prostatectomy can improve the early return of continence after surgery. [More]
Prostate cancer patients treated with ADT experience mental, emotional well-being during treatment

Prostate cancer patients treated with ADT experience mental, emotional well-being during treatment

​A new study published in the Journal of Urology- reports that prostate cancer patients treated with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) experienced changes in mental and emotional well-being during treatment, although there was no meaningful decline in emotional quality of life two years after treatment. [More]
Higher levels of physical activity reduces risk of prostate cancer recurrence, mortality

Higher levels of physical activity reduces risk of prostate cancer recurrence, mortality

Men who walked at a fast pace prior to a prostate cancer diagnosis had more regularly shaped blood vessels in their prostate tumors compared with men who walked slowly, providing a potential explanation for why exercise is linked to improved outcomes for men with prostate cancer, according to results presented here at the AACR-Prostate Cancer Foundation Conference on Advances in Prostate Cancer Research, held Jan. 18-21. [More]
Perioperative analgesia may improve prostate cancer outcomes

Perioperative analgesia may improve prostate cancer outcomes

Neuraxial analgesia added to general anesthesia for radical retropubic prostatectomy may lead to improved oncologic outcomes in prostate cancer, US researchers have found. [More]
Research examines link between opioid suppression of immune system and cancer recurrence

Research examines link between opioid suppression of immune system and cancer recurrence

​The methods used to anesthetize prostate cancer patients and control pain when their prostate glands are surgically removed for adenocarcinoma may affect their long-term cancer outcomes, a study led by Mayo Clinic has found. [More]

Research finds link between opioid-sparing technique and reduced progression of prostate cancer

The methods used to anesthetize prostate cancer patients and control pain when their prostate glands are surgically removed for adenocarcinoma may affect their long-term cancer outcomes, a study led by Mayo Clinic has found. Opioids, painkillers commonly given during and after surgery, may suppress the immune system's ability to fight cancer cells. [More]