February 1, 2013 |
Only 10 percent of men treated for early prostate cancer could sustain an erection sufficient for sex 15 years later, according to a study that found impotence rates were the same whether treatment was surgery or radiation. The findings were produced by the longest and broadest look at quality-of-life outcomes in two common therapies for prostate cancer. Researchers repeatedly surveyed 1,655 men diagnosed with localized disease and given surgery or external beam radiation. While surgery patients had higher impotence rates two years after treatment, by 15 years erection failure "was nearly universal" with both treatments, according to the study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
December 31, 2012 |
SILVER SPRING, MD. - Mike Auldridge, a bluegrass musician whose broad knowledge of many musical forms helped redefine and modernize the steel guitar known as the Dobro, died Saturday, a day before his 74th birthday. He had prostate cancer, said a daughter, Michele Auldridge. Auldridge was a founding member of the Washington-based bluegrass group the Seldom Scene and, in a career spanning six decades, he recorded with Linda Ronstadt, Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris, among others. He was renowned for his mastery of the Dobro, a guitar with a metal resonator instead of a sound hole.
December 22, 2012
Elwood Jensen, 92, an award-winning professor nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for work that opened the door to advances in fighting cancer, died Sunday of pneumonia, the University of Cincinnati said. He was nominated multiple times for the Nobel Prize for his discovery of hormone receptors while at the University of Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s. The discovery has helped doctors treat breast, thyroid, and prostate cancer. Dr. Jensen won dozens of other awards for his work, including a Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, a prize that is considered America's Nobel.
December 16, 2012
Deborah J. Cornwall works with the Cancer Action Network, the legislative advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, and is the author of "Things I Wish I'd Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out" Cancer strikes without regard to political parties. One in two men and one in three women will hear the dreaded words, "You have cancer. " In fact, 75 percent of households will find themselves caring for a cancer patient. No matter their politics, cancer patients and caregivers will benefit from the next stages of Affordable Care Act (ACA)
December 13, 2012
Man, 22, ID'd as mall shooter PORTLAND, Ore. - The gunman who killed two people and himself in a shooting rampage at an Oregon mall was 22 years old and used a rifle stolen from someone he knew, authorities said Wednesday. Jacob Tyler Roberts had armed himself with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and had several fully loaded magazines when he arrived at a Portland-area mall Tuesday, said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. The sheriff said the rifle jammed during the attack, but the gunman managed to get it working again.
December 10, 2012 |
James W. Patterson, 71, a Philadelphia lawyer whose expertise was transportation law, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, of prostate cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. For more than four decades, he represented freight and passenger carriers as well as the manufacturers and distributors who used those carriers. He liked to tell people: "If you bought it, a truck brought it," said Louis Rizzo, managing partner with Reger Rizzo & Darnall L.L.P., where Mr. Patterson worked for the last seven years.
November 26, 2012 |
Question: I recently had a prostate biopsy, which showed a small area of cancer. My urologist discussed the option of close surveillance, with periodic biopsies and regular PSA blood testing. I'm 65 years old and otherwise in great health. Do you think it's better to treat the cancer or just watch it? Answer: In the case of early prostate cancer like you have, "active surveillance" is a reasonable approach. The downsides are the uncertainty of the disease course and the anxiety of living with prostate cancer.
November 22, 2012 |
Mammograms have done surprisingly little to catch deadly breast cancers before they spread, a big U.S. study finds. At the same time, more than a million women have been treated for cancers that never would have threatened their lives, researchers estimate. Up to one-third of breast cancers, or 50,000 to 70,000 cases a year, don't need treatment, the study suggests. It's the most detailed look yet at overtreatment of breast cancer, and it adds evidence that screening is not as helpful as many women believe.
November 10, 2012
Cornell Rich, 61, a former Navy veteran who was raised in Philadelphia and worked for Southern Bell and AT&T for more than 35 years, died Saturday, Nov. 3, in Texas after a six-year battle with prostate cancer. Mr. Rich was the second of six children of Helen Rich, and graduated from Edward W. Bok Vocational High School before serving three years in the Navy in the early 1970s. He briefly lived in South Carolina and Florida before moving to Atlanta. While in South Carolina, he was married to Janie Frierson.
November 9, 2012
Carlton Nathaniel King, 70, a security officer at the Wistar Institute and a retired Philadelphia Gas Works employee, died Friday, Nov. 2, after a 11/2-year bout with prostate cancer. Mr. King was born in Guyana and married his wife, Sylvia, in 1971. The couple had two children before immigrating to the United States in 1987. He lived in Olney. Mr. King was described by his daughter, Diane White, as a proud man who wouldn't let anything get in his way. White said doctors told him he was persistent even in the face of cancer.