What did the patient actually die of?

Two questions that come up regularly are whether: (a) men who are said to have died of prostate cancer actually did, and (b) men with prostate cancer who are said to have died of something else actually died of their prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Not just SNPs … but SNP-SNP interactions

A group of researchers at the Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida, have proposed that interactions between different single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) — referred to as SNP-SNP interactions — may be key to the identification of at least some types of aggressive prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Risk of dying of prostate cancer really has been decreasing

According to a study published on line last week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, not only are men with prostate cancer more likely to die from other conditions, the risk that they will die of prostate cancer (as opposed to other conditions) has been decreasing significantly over time. … READ MORE …

Does prostatic inflammation lead to later prostate cancer?

A question that comes up all the time is whether there is any direct (i.e., cause and effect) association between prostate “inflammation” and a subsequent diagnosis of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Was prostate cancer really the cause of death?

One of the most complicated questions in dealing with prostate cancer is correctly assessing whether men who are known to have had prostate cancer actually died of their prostate cancer or simply with it, especially among men of more advanced age or with co-morbid conditions. In other words, “What do prostate cancer patients die of?” … READ MORE …

Chromosome catastrophe theory: an introduction to “chromothripsis”

According to a new paper in the journal Cell, researchers at the Sanger Institute at Cambridge, in England, believe they have discovered a completely new mechanism for the initial development of about 2 or 3 percent of all cancers. … READ MORE …

Is some prostate cancer caused by “luminal” stem cells?

On Tuesday this week we reported on a study suggesting that some prostate cancers might be caused by the XMRV virus. Now comes a study suggesting that specific types of stems cells may be implicated in the development of some prostate cancers. … READ MORE …