Prostate cancer

Let’s start with this: think of each person’s cancer as a unique locked door. Now imagine that with a simple test, we could find the right key to unlock that door and cure the cancer on the first try. This is the world of precision medicine, an emerging area of research that the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) feels is the mechanism for finally unlocking the cancer problem. So what does this mean for patients? Consider Mark Meerschaert’s experience. In a matter of weeks, Mark went from being an active on-the-go professor to someone who could barely walk; metastatic prostate cancer had come from nowhere and spread throughout his body. As a respected mathematics professor and researcher,...
A lab-turned-hospital for mice in Boston is helping researchers understand cancer in humans. Jessica Rinaldi for The New York Times Maybe this sounds like the opening line to one of those wasteful-spending reports, but it’€™s not. And the results ’€” while still a long way from producing a treatment ’€” have allowed researchers to gain insight into the links between cancer and a handful of mutated genes. New York Times reporter Gina Kolkata describes the ’€œhospital’€ at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: imaging devices writ small with a dedicated pharmacy and clinical lab. She follows researchers that are looking into prostate cancer. Mice are injected with a few rogue genes, and...
Men’€™s Health Month increases the awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among males. According to MensHealthMonth.org , this is a time for health care providers, policy makers, the media, and individuals to encourage men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have tips to help men live healthier lives and prevent disease. A report from Men’€™s Health Network suggests that men make nearly half as many visits to their physician for preventative care, yet they have nearly twice the risk of ischemic heart disease and other major illnesses. The Agency for...

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The capabilities are enormous, a little bit of research can pay off quite a bit in the long run.
Paul D’ Addario, retinitis pigmentosa patient