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So far Dr. Tracy Gapin has created 24 blog entries.

You’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Now what?

I see guys like you every day in my practice. I know it's scary. It's overwhelming. It can be depressing. The first thing you need to do is just breathe. You will get through it. With help from me, your other doctors, your friends, and your family, you will get through it. A great 2017 study showed [...]

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How can I reduce my risk of prostate cancer?

My patients frequently ask if there is anything they can do to reduce their risk of prostate cancer. My answer is absolutely! 1 – Quit Smoking Several studies have demonstrated a strong association between smoking and prostate cancer mortality. The Health Professionals Follow-up Study published in JAMA in 2011 followed 5,366 men with prostate cancer [...]

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The Recent Evolution in Prostate Cancer Care

Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic shift in prostate cancer detection and management. This can be attributed to a number of factors: Recognition that PSA screening SAVES LIVES Despite what the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) initially suggested, PSA screening DOES, in fact, save lives in men ages 55-69. We know [...]

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How Biomarkers Are Shaping Prostate Cancer Detection

With all of tests currently available for prostate cancer detection and management, many patients (and even their physicians) are confused and overwhelmed by it all. What are biomarkers? How are they useful? Which tests are appropriate, and when? How do they fit in with other tests such as PSA, prostate MRI and MRI-guided fusion biopsy? [...]

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The PSA Blood Test – Why We Should Not Abandon PSA Testing

PSA screening for prostate cancer certainly has its limitations but should not be abandoned. Widespread use of PSA screening for prostate cancer began in the early 1990’s. From 1992-2001, there was a 47% decrease in prostate cancer mortality in the US (according the SEER data). Despite this fact, the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) [...]

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Promising Technology Receives FDA Approval for U.S. Prostate Cancer Treatment

Each year, approximately 220,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and those men and their families must decide what treatment option is best for their needs. For some, active surveillance is an ideal approach to handle slow-growing cancers that do not present an immediate risk. For others, more aggressive treatment is chosen first to limit [...]

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Focal HIFU Shows Promising Results

For quite some time, Dr. Gapin at Sarasota Prostate Care has been a proponent of focal therapy in certain patients with localized prostate cancer. A recent prospective study out of Belgium demonstrates the merits of such an approach. Focal therapy involves treating just the part of the prostate that has cancer while preserving the normal, [...]

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Two Prostate Cancer Tests You Probably Don’t Know About

Not all prostate cancers are alike. Some are fairly indolent and do not require aggressive treatment. These cancers can often be managed with active surveillance, in which men are followed closely with treatment reserved for those with signs of disease progression. Others are more aggressive and require definitive treatment. Typically this distinction is fairly straightforward. [...]

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Innovative Prostate Cancer Treatment Now Available in Sarasota Florida

I would like to take a moment share with you some exciting news regarding HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound), a non-invasive prostate cancer treatment that is finally available for men in the US. I am thrilled to announce that after 11 years of clinical trials, the FDA recently cleared the SonaCare Sonablate® device for HIFU [...]

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Four Reasons Why Men Should Embrace HIFU

Advancements in technology are changing the way prostate cancer is being treated. Men with prostate cancer now have more treatment options than the standard aggressive approaches of surgery or radiation. An elite 1% ofurologists are certified to treat patients with HIFU, a therapy that has similar oncologic outcomes as radiation and surgery but with significantly [...]