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Uses and risks of mitoxantine (Novantrone)

Uses and risks of mitoxantine (Novantrone)

Mitoxantrone, with the trade name Novantrone, is a drug that is given as an intravenous infusion by a healthcare provider in a clinical setting. It is used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) and some types of cancer, including prostate cancer, and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In some countries, it is approved for treating metastatic breast cancer. While […]

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Prostate cancer: Scientists find 63 ‘new genetic markers’

Prostate cancer: Scientists find 63 ‘new genetic markers’

A 6-year research project identifies 63 gene changes that could help to indicate an increased risk of prostate cancer in certain men. New findings will help to identify those who need earlier prostate cancer screening. The study was conducted at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH, and the results are now […]

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Immunotherapy effective against ‘untreatable’ prostate cancer

Immunotherapy effective against ‘untreatable’ prostate cancer

A major trial has demonstrated, for the very first time, that the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab is effective in treating advanced prostate cancer that did not respond to other treatments. A new trial offers hope for those with advanced prostate cancer. Immunotherapy is a form of treatment that can enhance one’s immune system in the fight […]

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What is a free PSA test and what is it for?

What is a free PSA test and what is it for?

The free prostate-specific antigen test, known as the free PSA test, is used to help detect signs of prostate cancer. The test measures the level of unbound prostate-specific antigen in the blood, which can help doctors to diagnose issues like inflammation of the prostate or cancer. Free PSA tests are often used alongside other PSA […]

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Targeting this gene could kill prostate cancer

Targeting this gene could kill prostate cancer

Researchers have recently discovered a new gene that plays an important role in promoting prostate cancer, and they have shown that turning it off can kill cancer cells. Scientists may be one step closer to curing prostate cancer. They suggest that it could serve as a target for future treatments that may be used instead […]

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Can saw palmetto reduce enlarged prostate?

Can saw palmetto reduce enlarged prostate?

People often use saw palmetto as a natural remedy for benign prostate hyperplasia, which is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition in older people. The prostate grows bigger and impedes the flow of urine. It causes urinary tract and bladder symptoms that gradually get worse over […]

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Can BPH cause kidney failure?

Can BPH cause kidney failure?

Approximately half of all men with BPH experience symptoms. The condition can cause serious complications, including renal failure. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) affects more than 50 percent of males older than 60, and more than 80 percent of those older than 80. This article answers many frequently asked questions relating to BPH renal failure. What […]

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Can women get prostate cancer?

Can women get prostate cancer?

While women do not have prostates, they do have a series of glands and ducts at the front of the vagina called the Skene glands, which are sometimes referred to as the female prostate. Researchers have discovered that the Skene glands share some of the same properties as the male prostate, which is located between […]

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Prostate cancer: Big data unlocks 80 new drug targets

Prostate cancer: Big data unlocks 80 new drug targets

In the biggest study to analyze the genetics of prostate cancer, scientists find no fewer than 80 new potential drug targets. The project opens broad avenues for the design of new treatments. Big data provides new ways to approach prostate cancer. Extracting genetic data was, once upon a time, a cumbersome and incredibly time-consuming task. […]