By: Joe Graedon December 6, 2021 3 Comments
    Does Berberine Protect Against Prostate Cancer?

    Berberine is a fascinating compound. It is one of the key constituents of the Oregon grape holly plant (Mahonia aquifolium). Traditionally, this natural compound was used to treat digestive disorders …

    By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2021 9 Comments
    Taking Prostate Drug Abiraterone (Zytiga) with F…

    Should you take your medication with food or on an empty stomach? Many people don’t pay much attention to how they swallow their pills. That could be in part because very few folks ever talk to a ph…

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2021 3 Comments
    Abiraterone Breakthrough vs. High Risk Prostate …

    There is growing evidence that a drug developed to treat late-stage prostate cancer may be a game changer if used earlier. The drug is Zytiga (abiraterone). The FDA first approved its use a decade ago…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2021 15 Comments
    Is There A Better Way to Detect Prostate Cancer?

    Prostate cancer is a big deal. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 250,000 men will be diagnosed this year and over 34,000 will die.  It is estimated that “About 1 man in 8 will be…

    By: Joe Graedon February 13, 2020 2 Comments
    Statin Plus Metformin Prolongs Survival of High-…

    Men diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer may benefit from two unexpected medications: a statin plus metformin. The study was published in Cancer Medicine (Feb. 8, 2020). It tracked 12,700 men dia…

    By: Terry Graedon December 19, 2019 1 Comments
    Can Acupuncture Help Ease Your Cancer Pain?

    Most people with cancer suffer from pain at some point during their illness and treatment. Oncologists do their best to alleviate this pain. However, they can't adequately control pain for about half …

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2019 4 Comments
    Can Men Get an Extra Benefit from a Statin?

    Statins remain controversial for the primary prevention of heart disease. A review this week in the BMJ concludes that the benefit from a statin is small for low-risk patients (BMJ, Oct. 16, 2019). Th…

    By: Terry Graedon October 10, 2019 7 Comments
    Mushrooms May Protect Men from Prostate Cancer

    Prostate cancer is a complex disease. No single factor determines whether a man will be diagnosed with it or not. However, diet might play a protective role, according to some recent research. Among t…

    By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2019 8 Comments
    Prostate Cancer Therapy and Dementia: The Link G…

    Prostate cancer is hard enough by itself. That’s because treatment often comes with unpleasant complications. Now, add the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia linked to testosterone…

    By: Terry Graedon March 4, 2019 11 Comments
    Is Saltpeter to Kill Sex Drive a Myth?

    The power of sex on our collective imaginations means that people have concocted scores of myths about this fascinating topic. One that comes up time after time is the idea of using a substance to sup…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2018 8 Comments
    Should You Stop Taking Aspirin Before a Biopsy?

    Millions of people take low-dose aspirin (once called "baby aspirin," though it is not for babies) to protect themselves from blood clots that could lead to a heart attack or stroke. People at higher …

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Immunotherapy Help Men with Prostate Cancer…

    Like breast cancer, prostate cancer is often driven by hormones. Doctors frequently use hormone-suppressing drugs such as enzalutamide (Xtandi) or leuprolide (Lupron) to treat this condition. Could im…

    By: Joe Graedon May 10, 2018 20 Comments
    Should Men Get a PSA Test to Screen for Prostate…

    Middle-aged men have been getting conflicting messages about prostate cancer screening. A decade or two ago, many were regularly urged to get a blood test for prostate specific antigen; aka a PSA test…

    By: Terry Graedon May 7, 2018 3 Comments
    Should Reader Worry About His Anticancer Supplem…

    Once cancer patients finish treatment, do they put that entire episode behind them and just move on? Some do, but most find that periodic checkups to make sure the cancer has not returned remind them …

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2017 13 Comments
    What Makes Turmeric So Wonderful?

    A few years ago most Americans had never heard of turmeric. If they had, they thought of it as an exotic ingredient in curries and other Indian dishes. Now, turmeric and curcumin, one of its active in…

    By: Joe Graedon August 3, 2017 5 Comments
    Can Curcumin in Turmeric Fight Pancreatic Cancer…

    Pancreatic cancer is a challenging disease. The American Cancer Society puts one-year survival rates around 20%. Five-year survival is roughly 8%. That compares to five-year survival for prostate, thy…

    By: Joe Graedon July 6, 2017 15 Comments
    More Male Orgasms May Mean Less Prostate Cancer

    We know that headline will make a lot of men smile. A scientific excuse for more orgasms seems like good news indeed. Not surprisingly, newspapers, tabloids and other media outlets had a field day wit…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 6 Comments
    PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer: Every Man Dec…

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has done a U-turn on PSA screening for prostate cancer. In 2012 this national group of experts recommended against routine PSA screening for men without urinary…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 2 Comments
    How to Reduce Fatigue from Prostate Cancer Radia…

    Radiation therapy is a common treatment for prostate cancer, usually lasting six to nine weeks. While it is frequently effective at slowing or stopping the growth of prostate cancer cells, radiation m…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 3 Comments
    How to Save Money by Taking Zytiga with Breakfas…

    Food and drug interactions are often unpredictable. That is why people taking warfarin are counseled to avoid leafy vegetables that could reverse the effects of this anticoagulant. People with high ch…

    By: Terry Graedon December 22, 2016 5 Comments
    Will Compound from Bacteria Offer Hope for Prost…

    An interesting new treatment for early stage prostate cancer is making headlines. Researchers describe a unique approach called vascular targeted photodynamic therapy or VPT. It utilizes the unique pr…

    By: Terry Graedon November 28, 2016 6 Comments
    Can Herbs Prevent a Recurrence of Prostate Cance…

    A few decades ago, any suggestion that herbs might reduce the risk for cancer would have been greeted with suspicion. As researchers scramble to find out what natural products might be helpful, they …

    By: Joe Graedon September 15, 2016 4 Comments
    How To Make Sense of New Prostate Cancer Researc…

    A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is creating confusion for physicians and patients. The ProtecT (Prostate Testing for Cancer and Treatment) trial was designed to answer the que…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2016 3 Comments
    Do Vitamin D Supplements Vary in Quality and Doe…

    Most people do not think much about the quality of their vitamin supplements. They just assume that the FDA is protecting them from sub-par manufacturing. Sorry to disappoint. The FDA can barely keep …

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2016 1 Comments
    Why Would Metformin and Crestor Stop Prostate Ca…

    Q. I have been treated for prostate cancer. My oncologist has recommended that I take the diabetes drug metformin and the cholesterol medication rosuvastatin to reduce my risk of recurrence. When I sa…

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2016 5 Comments
    Is High-Risk Prostate Cancer on the Rise?

    High-risk prostate cancer seems to be on the rise. Experts are debating the reasons for this alarming development. Have Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Changed? A new study found a 72 percent increase in …

    By: Terry Graedon July 4, 2016 6 Comments
    How to Raise Vitamin D and Prevent Cancer Recurr…

    People who have never been diagnosed with cancer may imagine that they will not have to face that problem. Those who have already dealt with a cancer diagnosis can no longer take that stance. Instead…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2016 4 Comments
    Will Fish Oil for the Heart Contribute to Prosta…

    For decades health professionals focused primarily on cholesterol (especially LDL cholesterol) as the chief culprit in heart disease. Now, other blood fats are considered important, especially triglyc…

    By: Terry Graedon May 12, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Take Testosterone Without Fear of Prostat…

    Men shouldn't be afraid to take testosterone if they need it, according to a new study. Are There Risks in Taking Testosterone? Experts have worried for years that testosterone therapy might increase…

    By: Terry Graedon March 10, 2016 2 Comments
    Should Men with Prostate Cancer Take Vitamin D?

    A new study indicates that men with prostate cancer should have their vitamin D level tested at the time of diagnosis. That's because low levels of this vitamin appear to be linked to a worse prognosi…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2016 4 Comments
    Does Aspirin Protect Men from Prostate Cancer De…

    Aspirin may help protect men with prostate cancer from dying due to the disease. The Physicians' Health Study involves more than 22,000 male doctors who have been followed for almost three decades. Ov…

    By: Terry Graedon December 10, 2015 1 Comments
    Blocking Testosterone May Save Lives But Harms B…

    Blocking testosterone can help fight prostate cancer but may put men at higher risk for Alzheimer's disease. There are many different treatments for prostate cancer, including surgery, radiation and d…

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2015 11 Comments
    Will Drop in PSA Screening Mean More Aggressive …

    In 2012 the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended against routine PSA screening. This blood test measures prostate specific antigen and has been used as a way of detecting potential prostate c…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2015 0 Comments
    Yoga Helps Men Get Through Prostate Cancer Treat…

    If the mention of yoga brings to mind svelte young women in leotards, think again. A new study shows that yoga has definite benefits for older men undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. Yoga Eases …

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2015 5 Comments
    Clinical Trial Pits Aspirin Plus Metformin Again…

    Overweight or obese men with prostate cancer may benefit from two surprising medications. These old drugs are well known, but not for treating prostate cancer. Old Drugs: Aspirin was introduced as a p…

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2015 0 Comments
    Vitamin D May Keep the Lid on Prostate Cancer

    Some men diagnosed with low-grade prostate cancer may be able to keep it from progressing by taking extra vitamin D. In a study, 37 men who had chosen prostatectomies were randomly assigned to take ei…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2015 1 Comments
    Double Treatment for Prostate Cancer Saves Lives

    Men with prostate cancer received some promising news this week. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed data from more than 30,000 men being treated for aggressive prostate cancer. Tho…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2014 0 Comments
    Will Ginger Cure Prostate Cancer?

    Q. I'm 68 years old and had my prostate removed in May, 2007. I have been cancer-free for seven years, but now the cancer has returned. I'm on Lupron to control it. Several family members sent me an a…

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2014 1 Comments
    Bald Men at Higher Risk of Aggressive Prostate C…

    Men with male pattern baldness may be at higher risk for aggressive prostate cancer. That's the finding from a study of nearly 40,000 men published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The researchers…

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2014 0 Comments
    Sexually Transmitted Disease Boosts the Risk of …

    Could some cases of prostate cancer be traced to infection? Scientists have discovered that a sexually transmitted microscopic parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis can infect the lining of the prosta…