Cure Research for Prostate Cancer


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Research list: The list of research areas and treatments under analysis mentioned in various sources for Prostate Cancer includes:

Research discussion: A large-scale study, known as the PLCO (Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian) Cancer Screening Trial, is currently evaluating the usefulness of a blood test for the tumor marker known as CA-125 and a test called transvaginal ultrasound for ovarian cancer screening. 1

Cryosurgery is under study as an alternative to surgery and radiation therapy. The doctor tries to avoid damaging healthy tissue by placing an instrument known as a cryoprobe in direct contact with the tumor to freeze it. The extreme cold destroys the cancer cells.

Doctors are studying new ways of using radiation therapy and hormonal therapy. They also are testing the effectiveness of chemotherapy and biological therapy for men whose cancer does not respond or stops responding to hormonal therapy. In addition, scientists are exploring new treatment schedules and new ways of combining various types of treatment. For example, they are studying the usefulness of hormonal therapy before primary therapy (surgery or radiation) to shrink the tumor.

For men with early stage prostate cancer, researchers also are comparing treatment with watchful waiting. The results of this work will help doctors know whether to treat early stage prostate cancer immediately or only later on, if symptoms occur or worsen.2

Medical research for Prostate Cancer: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to medical research for Prostate Cancer:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from What You Need To Know About Ovarian Cancer: NCI
2. excerpt from What You Need To Know About Prostate Cancer: NCI

Last revision: June 12, 2003

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