7 Common Myths About Prostate Cancer

Posted on: May 20th, 2016
by: Jennifer


7 Common Myths About Prostate Cancer

By Chelsea Wells
Apr 10, 2016

No one believes that they will actually get prostate cancer. In the best of all worlds, no one would, but unfortunately over a million males across the world are diagnosed each and every year. The best way to effectively deal with an issue is to be informed about it, so we’re here to dispel some common myths that surround the issue.

Number Seven: Prostate Cancer Only Happens to Old Men

It’s true that the majority of victims of this disease are older men, but there’s a decent amount of people who get it that aren’t even 65 yet. 40% of men, to be exact.

At Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago (PCFC) we encourage men to begin screening at age 50.

Number Six: My Dad Got It, so I Will as Well

Although chances are twice as high for getting it if your father or someone else in your family had the disease, it doesn’t mean it will definitely happen to you. Talk to your doctor and get regular checkups to set your mind at ease on the issue.

PCFC: Awareness of your family history can only benefit your health care planning.

Number Five: It Can’t Kill You
Although a lot of people survive cancer due to advancements in medicine, others are not so lucky. Prostate cancer is the leading cause of death, behind lung cancer, for adult males.

PCFC: Men and families affected by prostate cancer share their concerns at our patient support meetings, and benefit from PCFC research and education. 

Number Four: It the Cancer Returns, It Will be For Good
It’s understandable that someone would be unsettled by their cancer coming back, but it doesn’t mean it’s back forever! You can treat it again.

PCFC:  Ask your physician about salvage LDR brachytherapy (or seed implants), which can be an option for many men with recurrent prostate cancer.  

Number Three: PSA Tests are Harmful
There are certain experts who recommend not receiving regular PSA tests. These recommendations can be misleading, however. The test itself is only a harmless blood test. While PSA tests are not without flaw, they aren’t overtly bad for you either.

PCFC:  Yes, the suggestion that PSA testing inherently causes harm is a disservice to men who are convinced to avoid screening. 

Number Two: If Your PSA is Low, You Can Rule Out Cancer
It can be tempting to jump to conclusions, especially about being cancer free. But it’s important to remember that tests are not perfect, and can’t give definitive answers. If you suspect something is wrong, you should receive additional testing.

PCFC:  The PSA test, while a powerful tool, is one piece of information. A PSA blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE) are the two standard screening tests for prostate cancer. PSA is an enzyme produced by the prostate. It is normal to have small amounts of this enzyme in the bloodstream, so an elevated PSA alone does not necessarily indicate cancer. It may indicate non-cancerous conditions such as prostate inflammation, infection, or trauma. Often the DRE does not reveal any abnormalities that the doctor can feel. For this reason, the PSA blood test together with the DRE is important for early detection.

You know your body best, so don’t ignore your suspicions.  Always check with your physician.

Number One: Treatment Always Leads to Impotence Issues
This can be a symptom, but it’s not the case for everyone. Thanks for reading our list.

PCFC:  Treatment outcomes can vary among patients, but most men treated with low dose-rate brachytherapy typically preserve potency for years after the procedure.

See full article at: http://ppcorn.com/us/2016/04/10/prostate-cancer-7-common-myths/#ixzz46P654z5C

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Why did this patient, who is a physician, choose LDR brachytherapy to treat his prostate cancer?

Posted on: May 11th, 2016
by: Jennifer


Chuck is not only a patient, but he is also a physician. After doing extensive research on his treatment options for prostate cancer and reviewing cure rates and quality of life outcomes, Chuck chose to undergo LDR prostate brachytherapy (seed implantation) at Chicago Prostate Cancer Center. He was treated by Dr. Brian Moran and has been doing very well and is extremely satisfied with his treatment decision.

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Brachytherapy: Questions and Answers

Posted on: January 17th, 2015
by: Jennifer


Second to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men; approximately 300,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. The exact cause of prostate cancer is unknown. According to the American Cancer Society, an average American man has a one in six chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.

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Movember is here!

Posted on: January 17th, 2015
by: Jennifer


What is Movember you might ask? It is a month of fundraising to help raise awareness and much needed money for men’s health issues, in particular for prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. During the month of November, men around the world will grow out their mustaches and will become “walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November, where these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery,” for prostate cancer awareness.  Participants will ask for donations from family, friends and co-workers and take pictures of their mustache growth.

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The Goro Family and Friends Tackle Prostate Cancer

Posted on: January 17th, 2015
by: Jennifer


Thirteen years ago, Chuck Goro was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer. Chuck went in for a random checkup when his doctor found prostate cancer. There where no symptoms or warnings for Chuck. The doctors told Chuck that if he didn’t begin treatment immediately, he would not survive another six months. It is now 13 years later, and Chuck is stronger than ever. Chuck, his wife, Kathy, and their children Grace, Julie, Gwen, Charlie and Taira were grateful for the detection of Chuck’s cancer, the doctors and research that went into developing the cutting edge treatments that saved Chuck’s life.

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Find out why Dr. Bhayani commutes 65 miles to Chicago Prostate Cancer Center for his patients…

Posted on: January 17th, 2015
by: Jennifer


I have been sending my patients to Chicago Prostate Cancer Center since 1998.  I used to do seed implants at my community hospital in Kankakee, but I felt I could do better for my patients and the community I serve.  After a considerable amount of research, I came to the conclusion that I would take my patients to a place that if I, or a member of my family, had prostate cancer, I would want to be treated.

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Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Posted on: January 17th, 2015
by: Jennifer


A new weapon for men in the fight against prostate cancer. Prostate cancer deaths are decreasing, but the need for a more sensitive screening tool has only intensified.

Dr William Catalona, Northwestern Medicine urologist: “The PSA test really looks for a disease state in the prostate. It could be cancer, it could be benign enlargement or it could be infection.”

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