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How can I support someone with advanced prostate cancer?

How can I support someone with advanced prostate cancer?

Advanced ProsCa: Can be painful to have, and painful to watch. There are other aspects beside bone pain. Cancer interventions need to be balanced for benefit vs. Toxicity and cost for measure gained) - the new products abiraterone and alpharadon look good. When cancer intervention stops, palliative care: pain, comfort supplies (bed, o-2, shower chair etc), respites for caregiver, for in home pal care/hospice. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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For what length of time can someone live with advanced prostate cancer?

For what length of time can someone live with advanced prostate cancer?

It depends...: It depends upon factors that include the stage of the cancer, the psa level, and the treatments that are administered. Advanced prostate cancer is usually lethal, but some men can live quite a long time, even with later stage disease. There have actually been many recent breakthroughs over the past few years in treatments of advanced prostate cancer. ...Read more

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How often should a man with advanced prostate cancer have imaging studies and what studies should be included?

How often should a man with advanced prostate cancer have imaging studies and what studies should be included?

It depends: The timing, frequency, and type of imaging in a man with adavanced prostate cancer depend on a number of factors. These factors include the stage and grade of the cancer as well as whether or not the man is on hormonal therapy. If he is on hormonal therapy, bone density scanning should be done annually. In addition bone scans and ct scans should be considered if the psa begins to rise. ...Read more

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Locally advanced prostate cancer! does it have to be confirmed by a biopsy?

Locally advanced prostate cancer! does it have to be confirmed by a biopsy?

Yes- generally : With along imaging studies and increased psa, biopsy is typically recommended to confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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My 71 yr old dad has advanced prostate cancer. He is starting to get very forgetful and confused. He is on hormone injections is it normal?

My 71 yr old dad has advanced prostate cancer. He is starting to get very forgetful and confused. He is on hormone injections is it normal?

Forgetfulness: Patients with advanced prostate cancer tend to decline cognitively when the disease is very advanced. Since it can be other things including infection, he needs to have this assessed by a physician who knows him. ...Read more

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Having advanced prostate cancer and on hormone therapy. How long a wait till tumor shrinks to a workable size does 8 months sound ?

Having advanced  prostate  cancer  and  on  hormone therapy.  How  long  a wait  till  tumor  shrinks  to  a  workable size  does  8  months  sound ?

Prostate ca: What do you mean by workable size?The response to therapy-. In this case- hormonal therapy will be individually basis.Majority'll respond well and you can see this by following your psa as the level will go down.Now how long it will take to become normal- it varies, and will depend on the tumor burden.Some imaging like a bone scan or ct scan periodically can be used to monitor the response as well. ...Read more

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My dad is 68 years old. Recently, he was dignosed with advanced prostate cancer with skeletal bone metastasis. What kind of hormone therapy shall he use? Is orchiectomy ok?

My dad is 68 years old. Recently, he was dignosed with advanced prostate cancer with skeletal bone metastasis. What kind of hormone therapy shall he use? Is orchiectomy ok?

Orchiectomy OK but: The standard of care is an lhrh agonist (such as lupron, zoladex) injection combined with a drug taken by mouth called casodex. The Casodex should be used for a minimum of 1 month and then can be stopped. The advantage is that these injections can be as little as once every 6 months. Alternatively, a drug called Firmagon (degarelix) (an lhrh antagonist) can be given monthly without the casodex. ...Read more

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How long can someone survive with advanced metastatic prostate cancer?

How long can someone survive with advanced metastatic prostate cancer?

Longer than ever: Newer therapies are constantly emerging for this problem, including radium for bony metastases, shown to significantly improve survival. Other drugs such as abiraterone and mdv3100 show much promise as well. The outlook has never been better for men in this unfortunate situation. ...Read more

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
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Prostate Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a new growth of any tissue with an ability to spread - metastasize - along blood vessels and lymphatic channels to near or far sites of the body with never-ending aggressiveness until the host succumbs to death by it or other related problems. Prostate cancer is one of them ranked as #2 cancer (after skin cancer) and & #2 cancer death (after lung cancer). 1 in 6-7 men in ...Read more


Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more