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the PROSTATE EXAM or DRE

the PROSTATE EXAM or DRE Bert Vorstman MD, MS, FAAP, FRACS, FACS The prostate exam, also known as the DRE (digital rectal exam), is considered a normal part of a man’s physical examination. However, aside from this DRE prostate exam being considered “standard” by physicians and, expected by men as part of their testing, the […]

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Testing Aggressiveness of Prostate Cancer Improves Quality of Life, Study Finds

Researchers working with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found that the Metamark Promark prostate cancer test increases the quality-­adjusted life­-years and decreases healthcare costs for patients who are being screened for prostate cancer. In a paper published in October 2015 in T he Oncologist, the researchers showcased their findings. According to the study, […]

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Focused Ultrasound System Receives Go Ahead for Prostate Cancer Ablation

On October 9, 2015, the Sonablate 450, a high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) system for treating prostate cancer, received FDA approval. The Sonablate uses high intensity therapeutic ultrasound to heat and destroy the prostate cancer without damaging surrounding tissue. The Sonablate allows doctors to carefully target the diseased tissue within the prostate, heating and destroying […]

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​ Gleason 6 Prostate “Cancer”

The Gleason 6 The Gleason 3+3=6 prostate “cancer”, although called a cancer, fails to behave like a cancer. The Gleason 6 is the most commonly diagnosed prostate “cancer” and, on both clinical and molecular biology levels, the Gleason 6 “cancer” LACKS the hallmarks of a cancer. The Gleason 6 “cancer” is NOT a health­risk, lacks […]

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PROSTATE CANCER UPGRADING: more fear­mongering

Prostate cancer upgrading means that a prostate cancer grade and score (or measure of prostate cancer aggressiveness) found in a surgically removed prostate gland can, sometimes, be of a higher grade than diagnosed in the initial needle biopsy of the prostate. This so­called upgrading phenomenon is marketed by urologists to imply that prostate cancer upgrading […]

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