BPH, 5-ARIs, PSA, and risk for prostate cancer diagnosis

It will come as no surprise to the well-informed that if you are taking a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor (a 5-ARI) like dutasteride or finasteride for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), it significantly lowers your “normal” PSA level (to about half the actual value). … READ MORE …

Ploidy status and risk for prostate cancer-specific mortality

We have known for many years (certainly at least 20) that the presence of abnormal numbers of chromosomes (aneuploidy) in prostate cancer tumor cells is a risk factor for more serious forms of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

No association between alcohol consumption and lethal prostate cancer

A newly published article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has again confirmed that there seems to be no really meaningful association between moderate alcohol consumption and risk for lethal prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Depression in men on ADT

Depression is relatively common among men with prostate cancer. Indeed, it may be a lot more common than we can currently document. … READ MORE …

No mortality benefit from dietary supplements … says Harvard and Tufts

The issue of whether routine use of dietary supplements has any meaningful therapeutic benefit has long been a controversial issue (and we don’t expect that to change as a result of what appears below, but …) … READ MORE …

“To DRE or not to DRE, that is the question”

With apologies to the Bard of Avon and his character Hamlet, the above-misquoted Prince of Denmark, we bring to your attention the most recent article by our good friend Howard Wolinsky on issues related to prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

For those considering treatment with a checkpoint inhibitor

We have heard a lot about treatment with checkpoint inhibitors over the past two or three years. When they work well, they can work very well indeed, but these drugs come with significant risk for side effects, and some of those side effects can be very serious. … READ MORE …