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Hormone therapy for prostate cancer

Marc Garnick, M.D., Editor in Chief of the Annual Report on Prostate Diseases, discusses what you need to know about therapy: when it’s used, what your options are, and what doctors disagree about.

When to consider active surveillance

Which men are candidates for active surveillance? Some studies suggest that men with low risk cancer should consider active surveillance over traditional treatment, but the evidence is mixed.

Early-stage prostate cancer: Treat or wait?

When it comes to early-stage prostate cancer, there is no evidence that one treatment is better than another or that any treatment at all actually prolongs life. If you are diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, you’ll want to consider factors such as your values, your quality of life, and the potential side effects of various treatments before making a decision.

Getting a closer look at prostate cancer with molecular imaging

Molecular imaging may help determine the location and extent of cancer — and point to the best treatment — especially metastatic cancers too small to be detected by CT or MRI scanning.

Understanding your prostate pathology report

Not all pathology reports are created equal. In fact, they can vary widely even within a single institution. Learn what your report should contain, what it means, and why asking questions about it can lead to better care.

Improved magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may aid detection of prostate cancer

Dr. Neil Rofsky, of Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, discusses MRI technology, which patients might benefit from it, and the relative advantages and disadvantages of MRI as compared with other imaging modalities.


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