Introduction To Treatment | Azure

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Introduction To Treatment | Azure

Once the proper Stage of Blue is assigned (Chapter 1), the different treatments appropriate for that Stage can be considered. Overall, there are four broad categories of treatment available for prostate cancer: observation, local treatments, systemic treatments, and combination therapy...

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Accessing The Medical Chart

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Accessing The Medical Chart

Many treatments have irreversible consequences, so it is worth doing it right the first time. It is commonly understood in medical circles that long-term survival is improved by receiving optimal treatment up front...

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The PSA Blood Test

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The PSA Blood Test

PSA plays a variety of roles, the most familiar being screening to detect prostate cancer at an early stage. PSA also helps to define the Stages of Blue. Another role of PSA is to detect cancer relapse after surgery or radiation. Lastly, rises or declines in PSA after hormone therapy or chemotherapy help determine whether a treatment is working...

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Prostate MRI and Targeted Biopsy

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Prostate MRI and Targeted Biopsy

Multiparametric MRI (MP-MRI) provides a three-dimensional image of the prostate, giving important information about the cancer’s location, size, and how “aggressive” it appears. MP-MRI also greatly increases the confidence that higher-grade cancers are not being overlooked in men on active surveillance. MP-MRI is usually performed without an endorectal coil...

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Color Doppler Ultrasound and Targeted Biopsy

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Color Doppler Ultrasound and Targeted Biopsy

In Chapter 4, MP-MRI technology combined with a targeted biopsy was discussed.  This chapter will discuss an alternative type of imaging, called color Doppler ultrasound (CDU). Unfortunately, CDU followed by targeted biopsy is available in only a few centers around the United States. Even so, this chapter will expound the many advantages of CDU for the diagnosis and staging of prostate cancer...

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Body Scans and Other Predictive Factors

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Body Scans and Other Predictive Factors

While multiparametric MRI and color Doppler ultrasound are excellent tools for monitoring disease inside the prostate, scanning the rest of the body for cancer that may have spread to the lymph nodes or bones is also critical. Body scans are necessary for every Stage of Blue except Sky...

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Azure - High Risk Prostate Cancer

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Azure - High Risk Prostate Cancer

With Azure, the first step is to make sure no detectable metastases exisit outside the pelvic lymph nodes. Since scanning technology is far from perfect, questionable lesions are often detected by a bone scan. These can be further evaluated with...

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Unorthodox Therapies for High Azure

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Unorthodox Therapies for High Azure

In a large randomized trial called STAMPEDE, men with High-Azure showed a survival improvement when six cycles of Taxotere was added to TIP plus radiation compared to men treated with TIP plus radiation without...

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Side Effects From Treatment, an Overview

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Side Effects From Treatment, an Overview

Patients in Sky are still frequently advised to have treatment. It behooves them, therefore, to learn about its side effects. Unlike the other Stages of Blue, men in Sky have a choice—the option of postponing treatment by pursuing active surveillance. Therefore...

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Sexual Dysfunction

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Sexual Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a risk with every type of treatment for prostate cancer, but the exact risk is very specific to each patient. The better a man’s erections are before prostate cancer treatment, the better chance he has of preserving function...

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Surgical Side-Effects Affecting Urination

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Surgical Side-Effects Affecting Urination

Loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence) after surgery can be a devastating complication with a very negative impact on quality of life. The good news is that, with appropriate evaluation and treatment, incontinence is usually treatable. Bladder control problems for...

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Side Effects From Radiation Therapy

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Side Effects From Radiation Therapy

Radiation for prostate cancer may cause short- or long-term side effects. Even though radiation targets the cancer cells, normal body tissues near the tumor can be affected. Specifically, we are talking about...

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Health Issues For Men With Prostate Cancer

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Health Issues For Men With Prostate Cancer

The surveillance policy, after surgery or radiation, is to check PSA quarterly for the first two years, biannually for the next three, and annually thereafter. For radiation patients, a yearly digital rectal examination is also recommended. After treatment with...

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Whole Nutrition For Prostate Health & Recovery

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Whole Nutrition For Prostate Health & Recovery

Ideally, the bulk of human food intake should be from whole food sources (unprocessed, unadulterated, natural), with only a small percentage of food products (processed, refined, boxed, bottled, canned, packaged, and powdered). Whole foods provide...

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Fitness and Longevity

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Fitness and Longevity

The risk of a sedentary lifestyle is about the same as a pack-a-day smoking habit. “Sitting is the new smoking.” After age 60, just through the normal aging process, men lose 1% of their muscle every year. Hormonal treatments accelerate...

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