Of zinc ions, MRIs, and those ubiquitous research mice again

According to a story issued by the media staff for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, a novel form of MRI technique may be able to distinguish between healthy prostate tissue and cancerous prostate tissue — based on zinc levels in the tissues. … READ MORE …

The impact of the USPSTF recommendation against screening: another take

A research letter from the epidemiologists and statisticians at the American Cancer Society has just been published in JAMA Oncology. The full text of the research letter is available on line. … READ MORE …

A potential downside to metformin in the treatment of men with diabetes

There have been suggestions for some time (but no confirmation yet from large scale clinical trials) that treatment with the antidiabetic agent metformin may be beneficial in the management of at least some forms of prostate cancer. However, … READ MORE …

“Why gene tests for cancer don’t offer more answers”

An article with the above title appears to be scheduled for upcoming publication in Scientific American but is already available on line on the Scientific American web site. It may be of interest to a number of our readers. … READ MORE …

Let’s call this “new technology” what it is; it’s a form of HIFU

According to information in the Boston Herald earlier today, researchers at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston (one of the main teaching hospitals associated with Harvard University) are testing a new form of technology to treat localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Selenium rising … all over again

As some of our older readers will remember, there was a major Phase III clinical trial several years ago (the SELECT trial) designed to study whether taking regular selenium supplements could help to lower risk for a diagnosis of prostate cancer. It didn’t. … READ MORE …

Alas, … the surgery vs. radiation therapy war continues …

In what certainly appears to be the largest and most thorough meta-analysis published to date, the authors conclude that surgery is a more effective first-line treatment for localized prostate cancer than radiation therapy. However, … READ MORE …

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