January 7, 2013

It Can Be Alarming, Say Patients

1 Smaller Penis After Prostrate Treatment?

Men may find that their penises are smaller after prostate cancer treatment, says a study from Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. The average loss was 1/3 of an inch but some men reported an inch and a half loss, says the study based on surveys completed by 948 patients. Of those, 25 reported losing size - but that number may be greatly underreported, says lead researcher Dr. Paul Nguyen who adds that many men are shy to discuss this issue. Doctors talk with patients about impotence and urinary problems, but rarely about loss in penile length, says Nguyen. Most men, however, were grateful to be cancer free even if that meant sacrificing some penis length. Reasons for the shortening range from the procedure itself to scarring to follow up drug therapy that reduces testosterone.

More at MSNBC.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Acupuncture Eases Prostate Cancer Therapy Symptoms

Tags: Prostate Cancer Therapy, Testosterone, Prostate Cancer Therapy May Affect Penis Length, Penis Length, Dr. Paul Nguyen, Impotence, Urinary Problems, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center

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Stroke, Heart Attack, Cancer?

2 Tomato Nutrient May Prevent Chronic Disease

A daily pill that contains a chemical found in tomato skin could help reduce the risk of a host of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, and even cancer. Called Ateronon, the pill contains lycopene, an antioxidant, equivalent to eating 6 pounds of tomatoes per day. Lycopene may help unclog arteries by breaking down fatty deposits. It may also boost blood flow and soften arteries in patients with pre-existing heart conditions. It is not known if these positive effects will ultimately make the “tomato pill” a viable treatment option to reduce strokes and heart attacks among people with cardiovascular disease. According to the CDC, heart disease accounts for about a quarter of all deaths in the United States each year.

More at Medical Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Eat a Tomato, Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, New Research on Anti-Prostate Cancer Foods

Tags: Cancer, Heart Disease, Lycopene, Stroke, Tomatoes

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