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Prostate Cancer

Cancer that forms in tissues of the prostate (a gland in the male reproductive system found below the bladder and in front of the rectum). Prostate cancer usually occurs in older men. NIH - National Cancer Institute

About Prostate Cancer

Prostate 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. It lies just below the bladder (the organ that collects and empties urine) and in front of the rectum (the lower part of the intestine). It is about the size of a walnut and surrounds part of the urethra (the tube that empties urine from the bladder). The prostate gland makes fluid that is part of the semen.

Prostate cancer is found mainly in older men. In the U.S., about 1 out of 5 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer... Read more about Prostate Cancer

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Palliative pelvic radiotherapy of symptomatic incurable prostate cancer - A systematic review

Bibliographic details: Cameron MG, Kersten C, Guren MG, Fossa SD, Vistad I.  Palliative pelvic radiotherapy of symptomatic incurable prostate cancer - A systematic review. Radiotherapy and Oncology 2013: epub

Venous Thromboembolism: Reducing the Risk of Venous Thromboembolism (Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism) in Patients Admitted to Hospital

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a term used to include the formation of a blood clot (a thrombus) in a vein which may dislodge from its site of origin to travel in the blood, a phenomenon called embolism. A thrombus most commonly occurs in the deep veins of the legs; this is called deep vein thrombosis. A dislodged thrombus that travels to the lungs is known as a pulmonary embolism.

Systematic review of the study on bisphosphonates for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer

Bibliographic details: Liu Y, Lu J.  Systematic review of the study on bisphosphonates for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. Chinese Journal of Andrology 2009; 23(8): 33-37, 44

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Summaries for consumers

Treating Prostate Cancer: A Guide for Men With Localized Prostate Cancer

This guide can help you work with your doctor to treat localized prostate cancer. The information comes from a government-funded review of research about treatments for localized prostate cancer. It covers research about four common prostate cancer treatments and their side effects.

Prostate Cancer Screening (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about tests used to detect or screen for prostate cancer.

Prostate Cancer Prevention (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about factors that may influence the risk of developing prostate cancer and about research aimed at the prevention of this disease.

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Also called: Malignant prostatic tumour, Malignant tumour of the prostate, Cancer of the prostate, Malignant prostatic tumor, Malignant tumor of the prostate

Other terms to know:
Bladder, Rectum, Urethra

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