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Hormonal Drug Boosts Survival After Prostate Cancer's Return: Study

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – When prostate cancer recurs after surgery, treatment with both radiation and a testosterone-suppressing drug can extend some men's lives, a new clinical trial finds. In a nearly 20-year study, researchers found that the combination therapy cut the risk of death from prostate cancer in half, compared to radiation alone. And that translated into better overall survival, the researchers reported in the Feb. 2 New England Journal of Medicine. After 12 years, just over 76 percent of men who'd received radiation and the hormonal drug bicalutamide (Casodex) were still alive. That compared with just over 71 percent of those who'd received radiation alone. Not all patients benefited from extra treatment, though – including those with "lower-risk" prostate cancer that, despite recurring, appeared less aggressive. And the testosterone-blocking drug carried expected side ... Read more

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Rising Eye Injury Rates Seen With Robotic Prostate Surgery

Posted 16 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 16 – The number of eye injuries associated with robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy – complete removal of the prostate – increased nearly tenfold in the United States between 2000 and 2009, although the risk was still small, a new study finds. During that time, the incidence rate of eye injuries rose from 0.07 percent to 0.42 percent, according to the review of more than 136,000 such procedures. Most of the injuries involved corneal abrasion, or scratching of the eye surface. While undergoing robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy, patients are positioned head-down and are at risk for facial swelling, arm injuries, as well as corneal or other eye injuries, the researchers explained. Possible causes of eye injuries during robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy include the long duration of surgery, patient positioning or something associated with the robot itself, said ... Read more

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