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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.

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 ...

10 diet tips for a healthy prostate

Written by Community Health Network on 9/11/2014 4:13:00 PM

Practicing a healthy lifestyle is critical when it comes to protecting your body against prostate cancer. By making simple modifications to your diet, you can maintain a healthy prostate.
  1. Eat veggies. Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, carrots, sweet potatoes and mushrooms top the list of cancer-fighting vegetables.
  2. Munch on fruit. Tomatoes, grapes, avocados, apples, berries and citrus fruits can work as cancer preventatives. 
  3. Avoid red meat. A diet high in red meat has been linked to increased cancer risk.
  4. Drink green tea. It contains antioxidants that decrease prostate cancer risk. 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 ...

Pretty in pink: Cancer center hosts trunk show

Written by Community Health Network on 9/2/2014 12:00:00 PM

Community Cancer Center South Summer Trunk ShowCommunity Cancer Center South's atrium was transformed on Friday, August 29. Where seating and magazine racks once stood, apparel, jewelry, creams and treats now lined the walls of the atrium. Patients, past and present, came together to shop for accessories and get garment fittings from our experts at Figleaf Boutique at a trunk show. All of the items for purchase were designed help cancer patients show off their "pretty" personalities.

Community Cancer Center South staff sported "Pretty in pink" polos, mingled with patients, and even served food and refreshments.

Bass Farms sold Triple B Hydrating cream, recommended by Community cancer doctors to soothe skin irritation and redness from various therapies and cancer treatments. Volunteers manned booths with homemade scarves and jewelry, as well as sold treats like popcorn.

The Baxter YMCA offered information about a LIVESTRONG program for building muscle strength, balance, endurance and confidence. continue reading ...

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