What is a PSA test ?

A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is a test that measures the level of PSA in the blood. PSA is a substance made mostly by the prostate that may be found in an increased amount in the blood of men who have prostate cancer. The level of PSA may also be high in men

Pinpointing Recurrent Prostate Cancer

  NCI-supported researchers are developing new imaging techniques to improve the diagnosis of recurrent prostate cancer. A protein called prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) is found in large amounts—and almost exclusively—on prostate cells. By fusing a molecule that binds to PSMA to a compound used in PET scan imaging, scientists have

New Research Offers Support For PSA Screening

reports Ruth B. Etzioni, PhD. Two major PSA studies  show that prostate cancer screening may reduce the chance of dying from that cancer by 25% to 30%. But the chance of being over diagnosed is about five times the chance of having one's life saved, this can lead to unneeded, potentially harmful treatments. Men should

Prostate Cancer Treatment…

may increase risk for certain heart diseases, warns Reina Haque, PhD, MPH. Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) reduces male hormones to stop them from stimulating prostate cancer cells to grow. Recent finding:  Men on ADT with early, localized prostate cancer had a 81% higher risk for heart failure and a slightly increased risk for heart rhythm disorders,

Prostate Cancer

A new blood test called lsoPSA is more accurate than the PSA test, which measures levels of a blood protein called prostate specific antigen, at finding prostate cancer and detecting more advanced cancer, according to preliminary research. While PSA levels are elevated in men with prostate center, PSA also can climb if a man has a

Talk With Doc Before PSA Test

Only 30 percent of men who get the prostate specific antigen test for prostate cancer may hear about the test's pros and cons from doctor's beforehand, according to a recent Brown University study.  Thirty-four percent hear neither the benefits nor the drawbacks. And 36 percent hear only about the advantages of the test. If your

Prostate Tumors

Prostate tumors can differ significantly even within the same patient, reports Hannelore V. Heemers, PhD. When a patient has multiple tumors and only the largest one is analyzed using genomic fingerprinting, a smaller but more aggressive tumor may go undetected. Your doctor should consider this when using genomic fingerprinting for prostate cancer treatment. Source: Bottom

Prostate Cancer Concerns

For low-risk prostate cancer, watchful waiting is the safe way to go.  In watchful waiting, or active surveillance, instead of treatment with surgery or radiation, a man is closely monitored. That could include a digital rectal exam and prostate-specific antigen blood test every 6 months, and a biopsy if needed.  Many experts recommend watchful waiting

Diet & Prostate Cancer

Which foods are linked to a higher risk of advanced prostate cancer? (That's the only kind that matters.) Scientists pooled data from 15 studies on more than 842,000 men in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Those who ate at least four eggs a week had a 14 percent higher risk of advanced prostate cancer

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