In an effort to help newly diagnosed men and shed light on the misinformation about proton therapy in the media, we ran a series of articles about the ten most common misrepresentations, or "myths," about proton therapy for prostate cancer. In our "Mythbuster Series" below, we set the record straight based on facts, published data, and our own patient surveys.
Two new studies are bursting the bubble about the value of screening men for prostate cancer.
In 2010, I wrote a free book on prostate cancer testing with two colleagues, Alex Barratt (an epidemiologist) and Martin Stockler (a clinical oncologist), Let sleeping dogs lie? What men should know before getting tested for prostate cancer. It has been downloaded just short of 38,000 times, the highest of any item in Sydney University’s open access repository.
What not to do before a PSA test includes a list of things to avoid doing before a PSA test because they can affect your results. To preserve and maintain prostate health, men are urged to get a PSA (prostate specific antigen) screening test. PSA testing is just one tool men can choose to help them check up on their prostate health.
Although the PSA test can be very helpful, it is not a perfect test.
About the Prostate
The more you know about the normal development and function of the prostate, where it’s located, and what it’s attached to, the better you can understand how prostate cancer develops and impacts a man’s life over time—due either to cancer growth or as a result of treatments.
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Prostate Cancer Risk Factors
Prostate Cancer Symptoms
Prostate Cancer Prevention
Prostate Cancer - early detection and screening
Prostate Cancer - Newly Diagnosed
You’ve had the PSA test – or more likely, several of them – plus the digital rectal exam, and one or both of these suggested that you needed a Biopsy. The biopsy was not fun, but you did it, and then you waited for a Pathologist to look at the tiny, needle-sized cores of tissue removed from your prostate. Maybe you managed to forget about it while you were waiting – maybe you feel perfectly healthy, and this all seemed surreal. Or maybe you let some dark thoughts creep in, and you started thinking about cancer and remembering everyone you ever know who has had cancer and not done very well. The waiting’s over now. Your doctor has just given you the news: there’s cancer in there. What are you going to do?
The very first thing you should do is, don’t panic.