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The diagnosis of prostate cancer brings with them many questions and a need for clear, understandable answers. We hope this website will help. It provides information and useful internet links about the malignancy of the prostate... 

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Family History Remains the Strongest Risk Factor for Prostate Cancer new! - According to a major review of medical literature recently published in Cancer, men with a first degree relative with prostate cancer may be more than twice as likely to develop this malignancy than men with no family history.

The Prostate Cancer Outcome Study - Presents the background, results, and publications of the The Prostate Cancer Outcomes Study (PCOS), which was initiated in 1994 to look at the impact that treatments for primary prostate cancer have on the quality of life of patients.

What You Need to Know about Prostate Cancer
  - An important booklet from the National Cancer Institute. Highly recommended by our Oncologists for initial reading.

What is Prostate - Understand the organ and its anatomy. Atlas of prostate is included.

Understanding Prognosis and Cancer Statistics - Cancer patients frequently ask this question, "What is my prognosis?"

Prostate Cancer FAQ 
- A well-written site provides good basic information about the disease, its diagnosis, screening, treatment, and prevention. Very informative and written in lay language.

Prostate Cancer Guide - Professionally reviewed prostate cancer information. 

Prostate Cancer Resource Guide - The American Foundation for Urologic Disease provides all the basic information and access to help you need at initial diagnosis of prostate cancer.
  Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy: How Cancer Is Diagnosed, Treated, and Managed Day to Day - "This book is a one stop guide to so many things involving therapies that it is hard to know where to start. Cancer patients feel this is the best consumer book out there. Information is in plain English, simple terms, with lots of illustrations."

Who is at risk for developing prostate cancer? - Advanced age, high fat diet, positive family history are important factors of developing the disease. Here is a detailed article from our Oncologists.

Early Detection Is Key To Fighting Prostate Cancer - Most patients with prostate cancer are diagnosed by physical examination and annual PSA test. Patients diagnosed in early stage prostate cancer have a significant higher cure rate after local therapy. 

Screening for Prostate Cancer - The purposes of this summary on prostate cancer screening are to give information on prostate cancer and what makes it more likely to occur (risk factors), describe prostate cancer screening methods, and present current evidence about the effectiveness of screening tests.

Prostate Risk Check - Are you at risk for prostate cancer? Fill in the Risk Check form and get instant feedback.

Prostate Cancer Screen with PSA - Read this short article to understand the current recommendation for men.

The Biopsy Test Report: A Patient's Guide - Understand the nature of different types of biopsy and biopsy reports. Written by Edward O. Uthman, M.D., Diplomate, American Board of Pathology.

Early Detection does not improve quality of life in patients treated for prostate cancer - Don't get confused by this title. The press release discussed a new study on the quality of life in patients treated for prostate cancer, not overall prognosis.  

Risk of Recurrent Prostate Cancer - Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., have found that cancer recurs in nearly 30 percent of the men who undergo a radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer. 


Prostate Cancer Calculator - The chance of cancer spreading out of the prostate gland, and the chance of cancer spreading to regional lymph nodes and distantly are all predictable with the stage, pre-treatment PSA level, and the Gleason Scores. 

Using TRUS to Diagnose, Stage Prostate Cancer - An article about the impact of transrectal ultrasound on determining the diagnosis and stage of the disease, and the impact on making treatment choices in localized prostate cancer.

Prostate Biopsy - A detail and well-written guide, includes microscopic views, to prostate biopsy and prostate cancer diagnosis. 

Prostate Cancer - Prostate Action Inc. - From Prostate Action Inc. Help men make informed decisions about dealing with Prostate Cancer. Includes prostate cancer survivors support group.

Radiation for Prostate Cancer - This is the web site of a private radiation treatment center. It provides very useful information about seed implant (brachytherapy).

Prostate Cancer Treatment Information for Healthcare Professionals and Patients - Treatment information on treatment of prostate cancer from the National Cancer Institute.

URONET - An extensive on-line educational resource on prostate cancer treatment and consequences.

Understand the Hormonal Therapy - ProstateCancerFAQ provides well-written information on the hormonal treatment for prostate cancer. 

Treatment of Localized Prostate Cancer - What are the current treatment options for prostate cancer? University of Michigan summarizes current thoughts about risks and benefits of different treatment modalities - including watchful waiting.

Radiation Treatment for Prostate Cancer

PSA and Biopsy Results following Transperineal Brachytherapy - Early prostate cancer can be treated effectively in expert hands by well-planned seed implants.

3D Conformal Radiation for Localized Prostate Cancer - This new radiation treatment modality improve results and decrease side effects. Learn this topic from the site of University of Michigan.

Optimal Dose for 3D Conformal RT for Prostate Cancer - This new radiation treatment modality improve results and decrease side effects. However, the best dose used for different staged prostate cancer is still debatable. 

Prostate Cancer meets Protons - A Patient's Experience- A well- researched site for proton therapy in prostate cancer. Read with caution because of the bias of the author.

Ultrasound-Guided Implants of the Prostate - A well-written commercial website on Palladium seed implant for prostate cancer. Physics information presented here is only for Palladium seeds, but the basic principle is true for other radioactive seed implant.

Hormonal Therapy for Prostate Cancer
Androgen-Independent Prostate Cancer - When locally advanced or metastatic prostate cancer has escaped from hormonal control, the treatment option is very limited. This article describes the mechanism of hormone independent prostate cancer.

Understand the Hormonal Therapy - ProstateCancerFAQ provides well-written information on the hormonal treatment for prostate cancer. 

Long-Term Hormone Plus Radiation Therapy Can Prevent Recurrence - Long-term hormone treatment plus radiation in locally advanced prostate cancer can prevent recurrence and improve survival, according to a new study from RTOG.

Cryosurgery for Prostate Cancer
Q and A About Cryosurgery in Cancer Treatment - Basic information from NCI on Cryosrugy. 

Cryosurgery for Prostate Cancer - A newer, unproved treatment option for localized prostate cancer. Understand this attractive, yet immature treatment modality for the treatment of prostate cancer. 

Cryotherapy for Prostate Cancer - A short summary from Dr. Duke K. Bahn of the Crittenton Hospital, Rochester, MI talks about current knowledge on cryotherapy, an effective treatment for localized disease by freezing the prostate.

New Cryosurgery Treatment - This site contains details about TCAP, a new treatment for prostate cancer, available in the UK at Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford.

Alternative Prostate Cancer Treatments
FDA Warning: Stop Taking PC-SPES Immediately! new!

Experimental Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer using Natural Progesterone - Prostate Cancer Hormone Therapy Prostate Cancer Links Open Enrollment for Experimental Prostate Cancer Therapy Peter Eckhart, M.D. Open Enrollment for Experimental Prostate Cancer Therapy which may be used with in concert with other therapies.

Side Effects from Prostate Cancer Treatments
Patient-Reported Symptoms after Treatment of Prostate Cancer - Selective professional reading for patients and caregivers. Patients report side effects and complications following radical surgery or radiotherapy for prostate cancer more frequently than previously described.

Erectile Function Better Maintained Following Radiation Therapy Compared to Surgery - One of the biggest concern about prostate cancer treatment is sexual dysfunction after surgery, radiation, and hormone treatment. 

Palladium-103 Implant Has Fewer Side-Effects Than Iodine-125 For Prostate Cancer - Both Palladium and Iodine are widely used in prostate cancer implant therapy. A new study from Yale New Haven found that Palladium seed implant may have less long term side effects.

Radical Prostatectomy, Incontinence, and Impotence - Many patients experience urinary and erectile dysfunction after nerve-sparing surgery. 

Quality of Life and Treatment Outcomes after Prostate Cancer - Selective medical articles for patients. Successful radiation therapy and radical surgery or for prostate cancer is complicated long-term by various types of complications.

Your Cancer, Your Sexuality, Your Partner - Also about Erectile Dysfunction, but this article is not particularly for prostate cancer, but it talks about an important concern
Long-Term Survival of Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer - Selective professional reading for patients and caregivers. A large population-based study from Lancet (a leading European Medical Journal) suggests that the benefits of radical surgery are overstated.

A PSA "Bounce" Probably Doesn't Mean Recurrence of Prostate Cancer - Men who are treated for prostate cancer with radioactive seed implantation may experience a temporary rise in the level of PSA, researchers report.

Prostate Cancer Research Institute - Provide a directory of prostate cancer specialists nationwide. Also has a broad range of unique resources including information on prognosis by analyzing stage, PSA, and Gleason score.

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3. Prostate Cancer and the African- American Male - African-American males have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world, and they tend to be diagnosed at late stage. 

4. Prostate Cancer: The Silent Killer - This is an edited transcript of a September 23, 1997 hearing before the Special Committee on Aging of the Unites States Senate. (Congressional Record 105-12, 1997)

5.50 Essential Things To Do When the Doctor Says It's Cancer.
US TOO - An independent network of support groups chapters for men with prostate cancer and their families. Has local chapters all over the United States.

Prostate Help Association - An information service for all types of prostate disease. This UK site provides some information for all types of prostate disease. Non of the topics has in depth discussion. 

Prostate: What Women Should Know - Basic issues in prostate health by Dr. Patrick Walsh, the developer of the nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy. A well written, easily understandable site from Intelihealth.

Prostate Cancer Dot Com - The purpose of this site is to provide relief, encouragement and support to patients and their loved ones who are confronted with the diagnosis of Cancer of the Prostate.

CaP CURE - Association for the Cure of Cancer of the Prostate.

PCa Charity of United Kingdom
Q&A - Frequently asked question about the disease, its diagnosis and treatment. Answered by specialists from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
  Prostate Cancer FAQ - Get answers to your questions and concerns about brachytherapy for prostate cancer treatment. 
  Prostate Brachytherapy Explained - by Dr. Haakon Ragde from Prostate Cancer Online in Q&A form. 

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