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Does preparation h cream enlarge the prostate?

Does preparation h cream enlarge the prostate?

No: Preparation h cream is a cream to help soothe and help resolve acute inflammation of hemorrhoids. It should not affect the prostate gland. ...Read more

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Prostate Specific Antigen (Definition)

Psa is a protein made in the prostate gland that functions to liquefy sperm. It is a serine protease made by both normal and malignant prostate glands. Commonly used as a screening test for prostate cancer, the psa test is widely used to detect which men would benefit from a prostate biopsy as well as detect cancer recurrence in men who have been ...Read more


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What is psa and high psa given treatment?

What is psa and high psa  given treatment?

Different causes: Prostate specific antigenpsa) is a protein produced by prostate cells. It can be detected at low levels in men of all ages, but increases when the prostate enlarges or becomes inflamed.Psa test used to screen men for prostate cancer or for recurrence of cancer.Benign prostatic enlargement, inflammation (prostatitis), recent ejaculation, strenuous bicycle riding, and recent rectal exam can be cause. ...Read more

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What should psa screen # be after prostate surgery? Recent psa 0.10

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What should psa screen # be after prostate surgery? Recent psa 0.10

Here are...: After a successful radical prostatectomy rp) for prostate cancer, psa is expected to be around 0.01-0.02 ng/ml. But, no matter who did it and how was done, some one third of post-rp are still expected to have rising psa in time of f/u, which may suggest 3 things: local recurrence, or spread to nearby tissue such as regional ln, or spread to far sites such as lungs, rib, spine, or pelvic bone. ...Read more

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Is the prostate exam a better screening tool than a psa test?

Is the prostate exam a better screening tool than a psa test?

Neither that good: Neither of these examinations is particularly good at detecting prostate cancer. Both should be employed in a person at risk for prostate cancer. ...Read more

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Is preparation h good for anal fissure ?

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Is preparation h good for anal fissure ?

Anal fissure: Anal fissures are often caused by chronic constipation and straining on defecation. Focus on keeping stools soft with a healthy, fiber-rich diet. Preparation h is primarily for hemorrhoidal relief, but could help fissure discomfort since there is a lubricating component to preparation h. Alternatively, you can also apply petroleum jelly if painful. See your md if severe. ...Read more

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Rise in psa after radiation and hormone treatment?

Not enough info: You describe a complex situation that requires complete review of the medical record. Questions that need to be answered include: - cancer grade - psa at diagnosis - rate of psa rise - stage, ?Mets? - duration of hormones - how long since radiation... See your urologist or radiation oncologist and ask them all of your questions. If you don't feel comfortable with them, seek another opinion. ...Read more

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Hormone therapy for prostate cancer?

Hormone therapy for prostate cancer?

Treatment: Hormone therapy consists of medications that decrease the effects of testosterone on prostate cancer and a man's body. Prostate cancer growth is primarily fueled by testosterone. If testosterone is absent/ineffective, prostate cancer hopefully would stop growing. Hormone therapy has several varieties including pills and injections. Given for advanced disease or at times prior to radiation. ...Read more

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Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) used for any medical purpose except colonoscopy prep?

Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) used for any medical purpose except colonoscopy prep?

Maybe: Some gastroenterologist use it to treat chronic constipation by dosing a glass or two per day. However, it is commercially available over the counter as mirilax or glycolax. ...Read more

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Spec.chemistry TEST NAME PSA SCREEN 0.18 then space is blank=1= FREE T4 1.18. TSH 1.863 COMM. =1=the PSA assay is a direct chemiluminometric immunoasy?

Spec.chemistry TEST NAME PSA SCREEN 0.18 then space is blank=1= FREE T4 1.18. TSH 1.863 COMM. =1=the PSA assay is a direct chemiluminometric immunoasy?

See below: All laboratory tests need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, the results you provided are all normal. ...Read more

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Is psa or CEA test reliable?

Is psa or CEA test reliable?

Yes, but depending..: Psa has been useful and reliable but depending on who uses it and how it's applied so not to serve political correctness and commercialism. More detail? To http://www.Formefirst.Com/newauapsa.Html and http://www.Formefirst.Com/freeinfoprostate.Html ...Read more

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Are psa tests for men over 75 necessary?

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Are psa tests for men over 75  necessary?

Here are some ...: The controversy of routine PSA test has been around since its discovery (1970) but intensified drastically especially over the past 6 yrs. To get a glance at this dispute, please, at least, read the first 3 articles on http://formefirst.com/FreeInfoProstate.html. In my practice, I wouldn't test PSA annually for men >75; but I would do it if they're still in "good" health + abnormal rectal exam + ...Read more

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Is a psa blood test for prostate cancer part of an annual physical?

Is a psa blood test for prostate cancer part of an annual physical?

No: Guidelines advise not screening for prostate cancer with the psa test. More information here in my health guide on psa. http://bit.ly/kqdvhz. ...Read more

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Why is testosterone replacement not advisable after brachytherapy for prostate cancer?

Why is testosterone replacement not advisable after brachytherapy for prostate cancer?

Growth Factor: Testosterone stimulates growth and multiplication of prostate cells - both normal and cancerous ones. So if any cells survive the brachytherapy, they will grow faster in the presence of testosterone, and be more likely to form a large mass or spread to other parts of the body before being detected. ...Read more

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Psa prostatic specific antigen of my father is 1.87 ng/ml is that normal?

Psa  prostatic specific antigen of my father is 1.87 ng/ml is that normal?

Normally 0 to 4: Minor variability among laboratory reference range, but normally between 0-4 is considered normal. But, for some one who had a total prostatectomy (removal of prostate for cancer etc..), any level above 0 is considered abnormal. So, usually 1.8 is normal, but the rate of change is also of some importance. Follow up with doc regularly. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is bowel prep for colonoscopy safe?

Is bowel prep for colonoscopy safe?

Yes: There are many kinds of prep ; they are necessary and safe. ...Read more

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Anusol vs preparation h - which is better?

Neither is: Very helpful if you have significant hemorrhoidal issues although Anusol Hc with hydrocortisine as a cream is probably going to give more relief for minor irritations. ...Read more

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I'm 50years old, african descent, no family history of prostate cancer. Psa 4.1 but normal digital rectal exam. Is biopsy recommended? Any risk? Thanks

Yes: Indication for a prostate biopsy are an abnormal dre or an elevated psa (most common reason). There is no psa level at which one can absolutely say that prostate cancer is or is not present; only that the higher the psa the greater the probability. Normal/average psa for age 50: ~0.7. Chance of fnding pca on bx with psa 4.1: ~25-35%. Risks of bx: infection, bleeding, pain, urinary retention. ...Read more

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