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OTAGO DAILY TIMES: A Waimate man is “peeved off” with the NZ medical system, saying doctors are not proactive enough in contacting men and getting them to go for a prostate cancer check. READ MORE>

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hopperwebberPROSTABLOG NZ: Celebrity prostate cancer is big at the moment: in the same week we heard Andrew Lloyd Webber (right) has it, there’s now an announcement Dennis Hopper (at left, star of iconic Baby Boomer movie Easy Rider) is afflicted. READ MORE> and HERE>

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NEW PROSTATE CANCER INFOLINK: A trial to see whether double hormone therapy for prostate cancer is better than using a single androgen blockade is not expected to report until 2013, so meantime “you are going to have to rely on your own research and a discussion with your doctor”. READ MORE>

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BRADENTONHERALD.COM: As the baby boomers prepare to join the 65-plus set over the next decade, medical experts are weighing the benefits and costs of cancer screenings for seniors. Mammograms for women in their 80s, colonoscopies for men and women 75 and older, and PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood tests for older men are especially controversial. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: In cases of persistent PSA following radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer, three-dimensional conformal radio therapy can be used as monotherapy with a significant chance of recurrence free survival. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: Activation of the androgen receptor is crucial for prostate cancer growth at all points of the illness, and two new drugs are showing promise in preventing that happen. READ MORE>

Notably, promising activity has been shown in early phase trials by MDV3100, a new anti-androgen designed for activity in prostate cancer model systems with over-expressed androgen receptor, and by abiraterone acetate, a CYP17A inhibitor that blocks steroid biosynthesis in the adrenal gland and possibly within the tumour. Both agents are undergoing phase three testing.

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UWILLREADNEWS.COM:  Men who have desk jobs are more likely to develop prostate cancer, research suggests. READ MORE>

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IN-SCIENCES.ORG: Fucosylations – structures on the surface of prostate cancer cells – trigger prostate cancer cell adhesion inside a blood vessel wall in bone tissue, greatly increasing the prospect of prostate cancer cells metastasizing to bone. READ MORE>

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NEW PROSTATE CANCER INFO-LINK: Transperineal, template-guided mapping biopsies can find prostate cancer where more traditional 8- or 12-core transrectal ultrasound (TRUS)-guided biopsies often don’t, new research confirms – but is this really an advantage? READ MORE>

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NEW PROSTATE CANCER INFOLINK: Magnetic resonance imaging-guided, targeted laser surgery has been used – with apparent success – for the first time in the US on a prostate cancer patient, according to early reports. READ MORE>

The operation was done by Dr Al Barqaw on a “thoroughly well-informed physician-patient” at the University of Colorado.

The lasering took 90 seconds and the patient went back mto work after a weekend’s recovery.

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