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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 ...


Powell and Palmer put down prostate cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 6/12/2014 8:00:00 AM

What do a PGA Tour champion and former Secretary of State have in common? Interestingly enough, prostate cancer.

Former Secretary of State Colin PowellFormer Secretary of State, Colin Powell, discovered prostate cancer in 2003 and underwent surgery to remove the cancerous prostate gland that year at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Since then, he has become an avid supporter of prostate cancer awareness and devoted his time to the Prostate Conditions Education Council, which sponsors Prostate Cancer Awareness Week every September. continue reading ...


Cancer answers: What is prostate cancer?

Written by Community Health Network on 6/7/2014 6:00:00 AM

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in menProstate cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the prostate. The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum.

It is about the size of a walnut and surrounds the urethra (the tube that empties urine from the bladder). The prostate gland produces fluid that makes up part of the semen.

Who gets prostate cancer?
About one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. It is very rare in men younger than 40, but the chance of having prostate cancer rises rapidly after age 50. About 6 in 10 cases of prostate cancer are found in men over the age of 65.

It is most common in African American men, though the reason for this is unknown. continue reading ...


Sniffing out prostate cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 6/5/2014 7:00:00 AM

Researchers believe that they'll soon be able to make easy and early diagnoses of prostate cancer by smell.

A noninvasive technique can detect prostate cancer using an electronic nose. In a proof of principle study, the eNose successfully discriminated between prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) by "sniffing" urine headspace (the space directly above the urine sample). Results using the eNose are comparable to testing prostate specific antigen (PSA).

Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in men. However, the heterogeneity of prostate cancer makes it difficult to diagnose and predict progression of the cancerous tumor. Both of the current cornerstones of diagnosis, digital rectal examination (DRE) and PSA have limitations. Therefore there is need for new diagnostic tools like the eNose. continue reading ...


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