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Non-Surgical Prostate Cancer Treatment
July 2, 2013  | 

Galveston, TX - A new non-surgical prostate cancer treatment offered at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston virtually eliminates the side effects of impotence and incontinence that can occur when patients receive the traditional treatment for prostate cancer – surgical prostate removal.

UTMB’s Chairman of Radiology Eric Walser, M.D., is one of only a few physicians in the world and the only physician in Texas who performs this groundbreaking procedure. He uses MRI to give an accurate picture of where the tumor is, then he zaps away the cancer with a laser, without removing the prostate. This technique, known as MRI-guided laser ablation, is performed with an instrument developed at UTMB.

SCREENING GUIDELINE CONFUSION

With national standards for prostate cancer screening changing so dramatically over the past year, many men are confused about what it means to have prostate cancer, whether they should be tested for it and what they should do if they test positive.

Recently, the American Urological Association released new prostate cancer screening guidelines saying men under 55 should no longer receive routine prostate screening and that men over 80 should not receive it if they have a life expectancy less than 10 to 15 years. The association determined the odds of preventing prostate cancer death with a PSA, or prostate specific antigen blood test, for men ages 55 to 69, amounted to one life spared for every 1,000 men screened over a decade. Continue>

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