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Dr. Larry Bans and Dr. Lanceford Chong have selected several questions to answer. Please click on the links to the right or below to see viewers' questions and Drs. Bans and Chong’s video recorded responses.
Is the EPCA-2 test better than the psa test?
How does the EPCA-2 test relate to the need for a biopsy? View response.
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I have just been told I have a very non aggressive Prostate Cancer. Should I just keep a watchful eye on this? View response.
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My PSA level has been from 1.9 to 2.70 for 8 years. I am 79. Recently it was 3.22, an increase of 0.52 from last year. My Urologist wanted to do a biopsy. I was reluctant. Is this increase of 0.52 in one year really that significant? View response.
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How long will Hormone Therapy extend one life, that has a high PSA? View response.
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I have heard that needle biopsies pose a risk of spreading the disease through needle tacking? Explain?
I was told to avoid needle biopsies and have an MRI-S instead, as the MRI-S creates a GPS like map of the prostate gland.
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I was told by my doctor that my Gleason Grade was 8 and I'm scheduled for surgery Feb 1, 2012. Is this to far out and shoul I be taking any sort of treatment? View response.
My husband was told he has a 20 percent chance of having prostate cancer and has a biopsy appontment for November 14,2011.Should we try to get it done sooner?? And next question is he has been having lower back pain could he have cancer in his back?? View response.
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I had prostate cancer 10 years ago. I had 39 treatments of radiation
and a implant for one year (Viadur-leuprolide acetate).
psa has remained low.
I have hot flastes every day.. no one can help can any one help me ? View response.
what are the most serious side effect of radiation for treatment of prostate cancer and how many treatments are usually required. Thanks View response.
I am 57 years old and my PSA has been rising from 2.7 to 3.2. My free PSA is 10.5 percent. There is no family history of prostate CA. Should I proceed with a biopsy, MRI and bone scan? View response.
I have heard that needle biopsies pose a risk of spreading the disease through needle tacking? Explain? I was told to avoid needle biopsies and have an MRI-S instead, as the MRI-S creates a GPS like map of the prostate gland.1:53
How long will hormone therapy extend one’s life if he has a high PSA?1:19
I was just told I have non-aggressive prostate cancer. My doctor has told me it’s very, very slow growing. But at this point I am confused. I feel right now all I want to do is keep a watchful eye and do follow ups. I was also told that people who have this type of cancer people can out live the disease. I am trying to make sure I don't jump into any hasty decisions. I have an appointment with the doctor to discuss my options, but I am really leaning on just be patient and watching it? I am 65 years old & my PSA has been right around 4.40 to 5. 2:12
Is the EPCA-2 test better than the PSA test? How does the EPCA-2 test relate to the need for a biopsy?0:37
My PSA level has been from 1.9 to 2.70 for 8 years. I am 79. Recently it was 3.22, an increase of 0.52 from last year. My urologist wanted to do a biopsy. I was reluctant. Is this increase of 0.52 in one year really that significant?1:07
My husband was told he has a 20 percent chance of having prostate cancer and has a biopsy appointment in November 2011. Should we try to get it done sooner? And next question is he has been having lower back pain, could he have cancer in his back?1:02
I was told by my doctor that my Gleason grade was 8 and I'm scheduled for surgery in February 2012. Is this too far out and should I be taking any sort of treatment?2:30
I had prostate cancer 10 years ago. I had 39 treatments of radiation and an implant for one year (Viadur-leuprolide acetate). My PSA has remained low, but I have hot flashes every day. Is there anything that can help me with the hot flashes?3:29
What are the most serious side effects of radiation for treatment of prostate cancer? How many treatments are usually required?3:48
I am 57 years old and my PSA has been rising from 2.7 to 3.2. My free PSA is 10.5 percent. There is no family history of prostate cancer. Should I proceed with a biopsy, MRI and bone scan?2:29
I am 75 years old and have had slow urine flow for a number of years. My PSA test a number of years ago was 0.6. It has increased to now 3.6, and my urine flow particularly at night is very slow. My doctor does not seem to be concerned. Should I find another doctor or am I concerned without reason?2:41
I was just diagnosed with prostate cancer and am weighing my options. What and how should I approach this?2:54
Dear Doctor, I am still going through follow-up treatment for prostate cancer, having gone through 41 radiation treatments, which ended in February 2011...1:38
My husband’s dad passed away from prostate cancer, so when he went for his yearly physical this past week, I told him to get the doctor to check his PSA...1:31
My pathology report shows the following, Gleason grade 3+4 both lobes, pT2cN0. In layman's terms, could you explain what this means?1:28
What does a high PSA test result such as 29 mean?1:04
My dad, who will be 75 in October, just found out that 8 out of the 12 markers for prostate cancer were positive. He is an orthopaedic surgeon in Watertown, NY...3:28
After having prostate cancer surgery, I am having a hard time getting it up and none of the pills I am taking help. What can I do? 1:07
Can a man still create or ejaculate semen after the removal of the prostate gland? 0:43
What protocol is typical for active surveillance patients? Frequency of biopsy and PSA testing or need for free PSA test?1:36
I have a friend who is in stage 4 of prostate cancer. What are his chances of living?1:31
My husband had a radical prostatectomy 15 months ago. His PSA levels never dropped to 0. His last several counts are climbing...2:36
Dr. Larry Bans, an urologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center, explains what prostate cancer is and how it is diagnosed.1:51
Learn about Gleason grading and PSA, including what the scores of these prostate cancer tests mean.1:51
For some men, active surveillance (also known as "watchful waiting") may be a treatment option for prostate cancer. Dr. Bans explains what it is and for whom it may be a treatment option.1:32
Learn about a surgery for prostate cancer called a radical prostatectomy. Dr. Bans explains how it is performed and what side effects men may experience.2:03
When are hormone therapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy used to treat prostate cancer? Dr. Bans talks about this and some of the leading drugs used.1:56
Dr. Lanceford Chong, Chief of the Department of Radiation Oncology at CTCA at Western Regional Medical Center, discusses how these radiation treatments/technologies are used and how they benefit patients.1:28
What is the Calypso system? Dr. Chong explains how it works in conjunction with the Varian TrilogyTM system to pinpoint radiation treatment and minimize side effects.1:27
Learn how low-dose and high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy work and benefit patients, and how interstitial hyperthermia can be used to make prostate cancer cells more susceptible to HDR brachytherapy. 1:56
Dr. Chong talks about the side effects men may experience from radiation treatment for prostate cancer, in addition to how we help patients prepare for and deal with side effects.1:47
As a new prostate cancer patient at our hospital, you'll meet with a medical oncologist, urologist and radiation oncologist to discuss treatment options and put together a treatment plan that's unique to you. Learn about this three-day consultation and treatment planning program.1:26
Dr. Bans discusses age and whether it should factor into a man's decision to undergo surgery or radiation treatment.0:51
Should all men who undergo a radical prostatectomy expect to experience urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction? Dr. Bans answers.2:01
Drs. Chong and Bans recommend questions men should ask if they are diagnosed with prostate cancer.1:21
Dr. Bans is an experienced urologist and a prostate cancer survivor. Board certified in urology, Dr. Bans has been practicing medicine in the Phoenix area since 1983. He has been peer-selected as a top doctor in PHOENIX magazine for several years and has served as the National Medical Director of Sports Legends Prostate Cancer Projects.
Dr. Chong serves as Chief of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center in Goodyear, Arizona. Board certified in radiation oncology, he has more than 20 years of experience as a radiation oncologist.
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