Why you need to know your enemy
When I was in the Army, the fundamental step of any operation was to gain as much information as possible about the enemy – their size, type of equipment, intended operations, etc.
As a prostate cancer survivor, I approach dealing with prostate cancer the same way. My questions? 1) which of the 24 variants of prostate cancer did (do?) I have? 2) Is it the type that will recur? (I’m now at 8.5 years of survival and 11 years seems to be the recurrence period, 3) if it returns, what’s the best treatment?
Are there new tests that can help?
A recent post in the Malecare blog provides this important information: “It is fairly common practice for those diagnosed with breast cancer to have genetic testing. Genetic testing is almost unheard of when men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Current research shows that genetic testing for men with prostate cancer could provide important information about both potential treatment efficacy and prognosis.”
The conclusion of the study noted that “All men in breast cancer-prone families are at risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer. This information is significant and should be included in discussions with genetic counselors and medical professionals when discussing prostate cancer treatment options for men in these families, irrespective of mutation status.”
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As with most studies, this is a relatively small sample, but it seems significant. If a guy knows he’s at risk, he has the opportunity to make lifestyle changes that can reduce his risk. The solution is prevention, not cure.
Read the full article athttp://advancedprostatecancer.net/?p=2766