Don’t omit ADT following radiotherapy

Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) should be added to external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) in patients with localised prostate cancer and improves overall survival (OS) more than adding a brachytherapy boost (BT), according to a meta-analysis published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Six trials compared EBRT with …

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Surgical versus medical castration in prostate cancer

Surgical castration for metastatic prostate cancer has declined rapidly in recent years but may be an under-utilised option for some men, according to researchers from the USA.
Although medical castration for advanced prostate cancer is the most common form of androgen deprivation, surgical castration represents a …

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Options for hot flush management in prostate cancer

UK Medicines Information (UKMi) has published a review of the current strategies for managing hot flushes associated with hormone treatment for prostate cancer.
Up to 75% of men receiving hormone treatments for prostate cancer have hot flushes. According to the paper sufferers can become drenched in …

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Lookout for non-typical COVID symptoms

Non-typical presentations or manifestations of infection with COVID-19 should not be overlooked and have important implications for a widespread testing programme according to Swiss doctors writing in the BMJ.
Severe acute respiratory illness with fever and respiratory symptoms, such as cough and shortness of breath, are …

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Men shoulder burden of COVID-19 deaths

Around two thirds of COVID-19 deaths are in men, according to latest statistics from the Office of National Statistics. 
Up to 10 April, there were 10 350 deaths registered in England and Wales involving COVID-19, 6348 men and 4002 women.
The majority of deaths involving COVID-19 have …

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Positive results for new scan in prostate cancer

Defining the extent of prostate cancer spread in newly diagnosed patients is important for therapeutic decision making. A recent study showed that a new technique, called gallium-68 prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) PET-CT, had significant benefits over conventional imaging with CT and bone scanning.
In the study, …

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Blood test detects over 50 cancers

A blood test can identify more than 50 types of cancer even at very early stages, according a study published in  Annals of Oncology.
The study used blood samples from over 6000 people, including 2482 with cancers of the anus, bladder, colon/rectum, oesophagus, head and neck, …

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Do drugs discourage lifestyle efforts?

Prescribing statins and antihypertensives may lead to patients putting on weight and doing less physical exercise, according to a recent study.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, compared changes in BMI, physical activity, alcohol consumption, and smoking between 8837 Finnish men …

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Men at greater risk of COVID-19

More than 70% of early COVID-19 patients who have been admitted to intensive care units in the UK are men, according to the first report from the Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre.
The analysis is of 196 patients receiving critical hospital treatment after testing …

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PrEP to be ‘routinely available’

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will be made ‘routinely available’ to people at risk of contracting HIV from April. NHS England has announced it will cover the costs of the drug, having carried out a three-year study involving more than 20 000 people.
PrEP is already available in …

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