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Targeting and treating prostate cancer by Dr. Jianan Graybill

Written by Dr. Jianan Graybill on 9/26/2014 6:00:00 AM

Dr. Jianan Graybill, is a radiation oncologist and certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician.

Jianan GraybillIn the past 20 years, cancer treatments have changed dramatically, including treatment for prostate cancer. Advances in treatment therapies have reduced the severity and frequency of side effects, and nearly 100 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are alive after five years.

Men with prostate cancer have several options for treatment. Radiation therapy is one. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays, either beamed from a machine or emitted by radioactive seeds implanted in the prostate, to kill cancer cells.

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) 
This targeted treatment is often used for men with localized prostate cancer. Studies have demonstrated strong outcomes for patients after receiving targeted therapies like IMRT and IGRT (Image Guided Radiation Therapy). Sometimes, these types of therapies are also combined with hormonal therapies. 

Here at Community Health Network, we use CT cone beam as our advanced IGRT. continue reading ...


Managing side effects of prostate cancer treatment

Written by Community Health Network on 9/22/2014 6:00:00 AM

There are nearly 3 million prostate cancer survivors in the United States. While the survival rate is high and treatments have improved in recent years, being diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer may cause a number of side effects.

The most common side effects associated with prostate cancer treatment are incontinence, erectile dysfunction and depression.

Incontinence
Urinary incontinence can range from some leaking to complete loss of bladder control. Increased urgency and urinary frequency are common.

These symptoms are usually caused by damage to the nerves and muscles that control urinary function during cancer treatment. However only about five percent experience any of these long-term. continue reading ...


Prostate cancer 101

Written by Community Health Network on 9/4/2014 6:30:00 PM

About one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. That's one in seven fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, partners, and friends.

What men are at risk?
Men ages 50 years or older, African-American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer are at the highest risk. 

It's important to note that by age 50, about one-third of American men have microscopic signs of prostate cancer. But, most of these cancers remain latent, producing no signs of symptoms, or so slow-growing, that they never become a serious threat to health.

What are the symptoms?
Warning signs of prostate cancer may not be evident until the later stages of prostate cancer. However, if you have general urinary symptoms (such as difficulty or frequent urinating), erectile dysfunction or severe pain in the back/hips/chest, those are symptoms of prostate cancer that should be evaluated by your doctor. continue reading ...


Prostate cancer answers with Dr. Jianan Graybill

Written by Dr. Jianan Graybill on 6/28/2014 6:00:00 AM

Dr. Jianan Graybill, is a radiation oncologist and certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician.

There are only a few cancer centers in the country that offer high dose rate brachytherapy. Community Cancer Care is one of them.

Commonly called HDR brachytherapy, this cancer treatment is a form of temporary seed implant used to treat prostate cancer. It is the ultimate conformal therapy.

“HDR Brachytherapy has the ability to shape the radiation dose to fit the (prostate) tumor and avoid normal tissue,” said Graybill.

HDR brachytherapy can be used alone or in combination with other treatment modalities, such as external beam radiation. Guidelines from American Brachytherapy Society recommend that HDR brachytherapy be considered as a way to escalate the dose of radiation in men receiving radiation therapy as their primary therapy for prostate cancer. continue reading ...


Prostate cancer screening: Is it for me?

Written by Dr. Jianan Graybill on 6/19/2014 6:00:00 AM

Dr. Jianan Graybill, is a radiation oncologist and certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician.

Dr. Jianan Graybill, prostate cancer expert at Community

What do men need to know about watchful waiting in order to catch prostate cancer before it becomes aggressive?

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in America for men (skin cancer is number one). One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. 

Prostate cancer typically has no symptoms or warning signs in the early stages. For men with advanced disease, these men will typically have urinary symptoms or erectile dysfunction. They may also complain of severe back pain (because the cancer has spread to the spine). continue reading ...


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