Helpline Frequently Asked Questions

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Helpline Frequently Asked Questions

PCRI's free Helpline connects patients and caregivers with educational advocates and helps them understand their personal case. This article is a top ten frequently asked questions list that our Helpline receives. 

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Marijuana Cures Everything Dude?!

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Marijuana Cures Everything Dude?!

Mark Moyad, MD is a best-selling author and an authority on alternative treatments. In this much-requested article, Dr. Moyad analyzes clinical data and definitively answers common questions about the efficacy of Marijuana on cancer and cancer-related side effects. 

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Prostate Size Matters

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Prostate Size Matters

Prostate size is an additional factor besides Gleason score, PSA, and the percentage of core biopsies involved with cancer, that needs to be considered when going through the treatment selection process.

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Targeted Radiation Administered by Injection

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Targeted Radiation Administered by Injection

Radium-223 Dichloride, otherwise known as Xofigo, is the first alpha-emitting radiopharmaceutical used to treat prostate-cancer-related bone metastasis. The FDA approved Xofigo in May of 2013. The clinical trial that led to the FDA approval was called the ALSYMPCA trial. Eligible patients were randomized in a 2:1 fashion to either receive six monthly intravenous injections of radium-223 or best standard of care, such as antiandrogen hormonal therapy, local external beam radiation, corticosteroids, estramustine, or ketoconazole. The men who received radium-223 had improvement in bone pain and also experienced an increased survival. The patients who were not initially treated with Xofigo were allowed to cross over into the radium-223 arm because of this early noted increased survival. Radium-223 dichloride was also shown to increase the time to symptomatic skeletal events, such as the need for palliative external beam radiation or surgery to treat bone pain and bone fractures. These results led to the FDA fast track approval of this unique radioisotope treatment.

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Prostate Insights Quarterly Newsletter November 2016 | Volume 19, Issue 4

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Prostate Insights Quarterly Newsletter November 2016 | Volume 19, Issue 4

GREETINGS RESEARCHER, and welcome to Prostate Insights! This publication is full of information concerning issues that surround prostate cancer. When dealing with a cancer diagnosis, the main focus is usually the cancer itself. While deciding what treatment to choose, patients may overlook critical issues; issues that most are not prepared to tackle.

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Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer

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Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer

Proton beam therapy, a form of external beam radiation, has been around for a while but is less commonly utilized than other forms of radiation therapy, which is partly due to availability. Certain properties of protons show potential for a different approach to radiation therapy. This article also considers how implementation of imaging helps improve treatment outcomes. 

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Overview of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scans

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Overview of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scans

There is a great clinical need for more accurate scans, empowering the trend toward more personalized care. PET imaging is a critical component of managing recurrent and advanced disease, and some newly diagnosed cases as well. This article provides an updated summary of new imaging approaches to prostate cancer, focusing on current and emerging positron emission tomography (PET) scans). 

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2016 Prostate Cancer Conference Highlights

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2016 Prostate Cancer Conference Highlights

Through Q+A, we ensure that the information the doctors present is relevant, unbiased, applicable, and accessible to those without medical degrees. The keynote presentations are followed by Q+A with Conference Moderator, Mark Moyad, MD, and after that, by a smaller Q+A session where patient questions are answered directly by the speaker.  

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