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Bone scans in diagnosis of prostate cancer by Dr. Arnon Krongrad Medical Doctor Posted Wed 17 Sep 2008 1:52am A bone scan uses tiny amounts of radioactive materials called tracers (or properly “radionuclides”) that are injected into the patient. These tracers accumulate in certain organs and tissues, such as bones, and give off a type of radiation called “gamma” radiation. The gamma rays can be “seen” by using a special camera, which produces images that ... Read on »
Radioisotope shortage may impact availability of bone scans by Dr. Arnon Krongrad Medical Doctor Posted Wed 17 Feb 2010 12:00am For some time we have been monitoring a problem with the supply of the radioisotopes used in bone scans for patients suspected to have metastatic prostate cancer to their bones. Ther basic problem is that an old nuclear reactor in Ontario, Canada, which has long been the main source of an isotope called molybdenum-99 fo ... Read on »
MRI, CT, and other imaging tests in diagnosis of prostate cancer by Dr. Arnon Krongrad Medical Doctor Posted Wed 17 Sep 2008 1:52am Although bone scans are the primary and most important imaging test used in the diagnosis of prostate cancer, several other imaging tests also have significant — if slightly less central — roles. If you are one of the people who needs one of these tests, it will help you to have some idea what is going on. When Is an MRI Appropriate?  Magne ... Read on »
Drug Shows Promise In Prostate Cancer Spread To Bone by Ed H. Doctor of Pharmacy Posted Thu 06 Dec 2012 6:37pm A new drug demonstrated dramatic and rapid effects on prostate cancer that had spread to the bone, according to a study reported by University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers. About two-thirds of patients treated with cabozantinib had improvements on their bone scans, with 12 percent seeing complete resolution of uptake ... Read on »
Who really needs a bone scan at time of diagnosis? by Dr. Arnon Krongrad Medical Doctor Posted Wed 09 Mar 2011 12:00am Every year tens of thousands of men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer are given a bone scan (and other types of scan) as part of their “normal” diagnostic work-up. The only value of the bone scan is that it is able to identify men who already have (or at least may have evidence suggesting) actual metastatic prostate cancer to thei ... Read on »
The weekend prostate cancer news: November 8, 2008 by Dr. Arnon Krongrad Medical Doctor Posted Fri 12 Dec 2008 3:41pm This weekend’s prostate cancer news includes information about: The evolving role of 3.0 T and 1.5 T endorectal MRI in prostate cancer diagnosis The role of bone scans in diagnosis of men with PSA levels below and above 20 ng/ml A potential radio-sensitizer that may improve outcomes following radiotherapy A side effect of abirat ... Read on »
Other important tests in the diagnosis of prostate cancer by Dr. Arnon Krongrad Medical Doctor Posted Wed 17 Sep 2008 1:51am The three most important tests used today in the assessment of risk for and the diagnosis of prostate cancer, as you will know by now, are: The digital rectal examination or DRE The prostate specific antigen or PSA test and The transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy. However, there are several other tests that can provide c ... Read on »
Metastatic Prostate Cancer by MensHealth .. Posted Sun 24 Aug 2008 1:49pm ANNOUNCER: When disease returns after a man has been treated for prostate cancer, hormonal therapy is usually effective. This involves the removal of the testicles to shut down the production of testosterone. Or the use of drugs that have the same effect. JAMES A. EASTHAM, MD: Traditionally, the approach to advanced disease has been hormonal the ... Read on »
Prostate Cancer Risk Factors by Healthy Living .. Patient Expert Posted Tue 31 Mar 2009 11:19pm 1 Comment The prostate gland is not very large but is important to producing the liquid which feeds as well as transports the semen.. The growth of the cells in the prostate gland is stimulated by the male sex hormone called testosterone. Though its causes are unknown, prostate cancer is a frightening prospect for men. Apart from threatening their lives, ... Read on »
Orchiectomy in treatment of metastatic prostate cancer by Dr. Arnon Krongrad Medical Doctor Posted Wed 17 Sep 2008 1:54pm Introduction Certainly until the mid- and perhaps even the late 1980s there was no doubt whatsoever that orchiectomy was the gold standard for the hormonal treatment of metastatic prostate cancer. By carrying out the surgical removal of a man’s testes, the physician was able to completely shut down the synthesis of testosterone, thus removi ... Read on »