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Sex is Safe for Most Heart Patients: AHA...

Heart patients may be nervous or anxious about having sex, but most of them can do so safely — and they shouldn’t be afraid to bring up the topic with their doctor. So says the American Heart Association in its first scientific statement on sexual activity and cardiovascular disease, published online by Circulation. “It’s reasonably safe for most people with stable disease to engage in sexual activity,” says Glenn Levine, a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and lead author of the statement. The risk of suffering a heart event during sex is “minuscule” because sex usually simply doesn’t last very long, according to the statement. (Certainly it typically doesn’t last as long as a marathon,...

posted on: Jan 20, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Radiation Therapy Helps Lower Prostate Cancer Deaths...

This combination hormone-radiation therapy is the first choice of treatment in the United States. The practice in Europe is different: men with locally advanced prostate cancer are treated with hormones alone — which cuts off the supply of the male hormone, testosterone, to the tumor. This form of prostate cancer involves malignant tumors which have established outside the confines of the prostate gland but have not yet migrated to the lymph nodes or other bodily organs. Dr Howard Sandler, American Society of Clinical Oncology spokesman, said such tumors cannot be completely excised during surgery (radical prostatectomy) and doctors need to use other therapies. The Swedish study involved more than 800 men with locally advanced prostate cancer. By random...

Radiation Therapy Helps Lower Prostate Cancer Deaths
posted on: Dec 17, 2008 | author: Staff writer

Vitamin E, Selenium: No Aid vs. Prostate Cancer...

A safety panel reviewing the data amassed so far on SELECT (Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trials) study concluded that there was no benefit derived from treatments with both supplements — at least not in the types of formulations and/or the amount of dosage utilized in the trials. The panel therefore recommended a halt in the $114 million study, a recommendation which the NCI implemented last week. The study, begun in 2001, was inspired by strong evidence generated in two previous studies where the primary outcome was not directed towards prostate cancer. In 1998, a Finnish research study which wanted to test whether lung cancer could be prevented by regular dosage of vitamin E supplements in 30,000...

Vitamin E, Selenium: No Aid vs. Prostate Cancer
posted on: Nov 2, 2008 | author: Staff writer

Does Prostate Cancer Surgery Really Help?...

There were 695 men from Finland, Iceland and Sweden comprising the study group. They were all diagnosed with early prostate cancer at an average age in the 60s back in 1989. This was also the period before the widespread use of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test for prostate cancer screening. The study, therefore, is not intended to evaluate the value of PSA screening on prostate cancer, which is a slow-growing tumor. Rather, the study was designed to test whether aggressive treatment (or surgery) is the better way to deal with prostate cancer than a wait-and-see approach. The group was divided in two. One group had prostate cancer surgery; the other group were assigned the “watchful waiting” strategy. Depending...

Does Prostate Cancer Surgery Really Help?
posted on: Aug 14, 2008 | author: Staff writer