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Prostate Cancer Survivor Stories: Mr. TB

Prostate cancer is the most common diagnosed cancer in men, with over 233,000 new cases each year. As with other cancers, each case is unique. At Sarasota Prostate Care, we want to help people understand the true impact prostate cancer has on the lives of men, as well as the decisions they must face. The [...]

By |July 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Revolutionizing Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Historically, prostate cancer screening has been limited to a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test and a prostate examination. The PSA test is extremely useful, but has limitations, including a false positive result. This means that a man can have an elevated PSA without having prostate cancer. PSA can be elevated by benign causes including [...]

By |July 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The PSA Dilemma

Since the widespread use of PSA testing in the early 1990’s, there has been a dramatic evolution in prostate cancer detection. With routine PSA screening, prostate cancer is being found earlier and studies show men with the disease are living longer. In fact, there has been a documented 44% decrease in prostate cancer mortality in [...]

By |June 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Aspirin Use and Prostate Cancer Prevention: Does it Actually Help?

Aspirin has many benefits. From headache relief to reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes, it has helped improve the lives of millions of Americans. Yet there is controversy over whether or not this wonder pill can help prevent against the development of prostate cancer. There has been some discussion recently regarding the association [...]

By |June 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Do Selenium Supplements Increase Prostate Cancer Mortality?

Selenium, a trace element found in many foods and often used as a dietary supplement, has caused quite the media stir lately. With its antioxidant properties, it contributes to good health and has the potential to fight against cancer. Despite this, it has recently been the culprit of health concerns. A recent study out of [...]

By |June 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Vasectomy and Prostate Cancer – Is there a Link?

Let’s face it, the idea of having a vasectomy is not something most men look forward to. Recent reports suggesting a potential association between having a vasectomy and the future development of prostate cancer certainly don’t help. It’s important that those considering a vasectomy know the facts. A study published in the Journal of Clinical [...]

By |June 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Understanding How Prostate Cancer Treatments Affect Sexual Function

When men undergo treatment for prostate cancer, they can often suffer a decline in their sexual function. This can include difficulty getting or maintaining an erection, loss of libido and loss of ejaculate. Our goal is to help patients make an informed decision when choosing the appropriate treatment option. Cancer control is always the priority, [...]

By |May 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Restoring Sexual Function After Prostate Cancer Treatment

In our last blog post, we explained the causes of erectile dysfunction after prostate cancer treatments such as radiation therapy and radical prostatectomy. This post will focus on techniques aimed at optimizing or restoring sexual function following these treatments. Normal erectile function is provided by the neurovascular bundles (NVB). The NVB are anatomic structures consisting [...]

By |May 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments