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Prostate Cancer

ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among men in Louisiana, but if caught early, five-year survival is close to 100 percent. Talk to your doctor about when you should begin prostate cancer screenings.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center patients fighting prostate cancer are surrounded by a team of experts, providing comprehensive and individualized treatment plans. Learn more about prostate cancer below.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
RISK FACTORS

There are some common risk factors for prostate cancer. About 6 out of 10 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in men 65 years or older. Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. There is also some evidence that a diet high in saturated fat puts men at greater risk. In addition, African-American men are more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage. And they are more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer as caucasian men.

SYMPTOMS

Signs of prostate cancer may include difficulties with urination, including starting urination, weak or interrupted flow of urine, frequent urination (especially at night), difficulty emptying the bladder completely, or pain or burning during urination. Other symptoms may be blood in the urine or semen, pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that doesn’t go away, or painful ejaculation. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please talk with your doctor.

Source: cdc.gov

ADVANCED TREATMENT

SPACEOAR: A PROGRESSIVE, MORE COMFORTABLE METHOD FOR PROSTATE CANCER TREATMENT

During prostate cancer treatments, patients traditionally have a balloon inserted in their rectum for each individual treatment – potentially dozens of time. The purpose of this is to protect vital organs during radiation and prevent sexual dysfunction after treatment.

SpaceOAR, a new gel that is inserted in the rectal area one time (instead of the balloon multiple times), functions in a similar way to the balloon, but is more effective at protecting organs. The one-time injection is active for the patient’s entire treatment period and then is absorbed and leaves the body in the patient’s urine months later.

This new technology is a game changer for prostate cancer patients and is now offered at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center facilities in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Houma and Gonzales. Dr. Charles Wood, the first radiation oncologist certified as an applier of SpaceOAR in Louisiana, led the initiative to bring this innovative technology to the Cancer Center. Dr. Andrew Elson and Dr. Daniel Bourgeois have joined Dr. Wood in making this device available to more patients across South Louisiana.

The gel is less toxic for the patient and the benefits of this painless procedure increases their overall quality of life. For more information, call (225) 767-0847 or visit www.spaceoar.com.

SPACEOAR PATIENT STORIES

SCREENINGS

WHEN TO GET SCREENED FOR PROSTATE CANCER

Men, starting at age 50, should be offered a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal exam (DRE) every year. To decide on testing, talk to your doctor about how you may or may not benefit from prostate cancer testing. Men with a close family member with prostate cancer before age 65 and African American men should be offered both tests and discuss pros and cons of testing beginning at age 45.

PATIENT STORIES

JAMES MORGAN, PROSTATE CANCER PATIENT

When prostate cancer patient James Morgan talks about his radiation therapy, he recalls the kindness of the staff and the convenience of the treatments.

James Morgan, Prostate Cancer Patient

CLINICAL TRIALS

Clinical trials are research studies that involve human beings in order to test new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose or treat diseases. A drug must be part of a clinical trial before the FDA will approve it to be put on the market. Oncology clinical trials are conducted in order to test new drugs or a new combination of drug treatments, new surgery and radiation therapies and new medical devices.

Every cancer center patient is evaluated for participation in a clinical trial. Those who meet the criteria to participate in clinical research receive a standard of care treatment, but with the added benefit of a trial that may enhance their outcomes.

If interested in volunteering to participate in a clinical research trial, or if you have concerns about the conduct of clinical research, please contact the Clinical Research office at (225) 215-1353, or by email at clinicalresearch@marybird.com.

Trial Number: Astellas

Title:  Observational Cohort Study of Patients with Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC) (TRUMPET)

Purpose:  The purpose of this study is to describe patterns of care in CRPC patients, as well as health-related quality of life (HRQoL) outcomes associated with CRPC and its management.

Physicians: Drs. Bryan Bienvenu, David Hanson, Kellie Schmeeckle and Derrick Spell; Robert Gamble and Naveed Khan.

Offered in:  Baton Rouge, Houma

Trial Number: RTOG-0924

Title:  Androgen Deprivation Therapy and High Dose Radiotherapy with or Without Whole-Pelvic Radiotherapy in Unfavorable Intermediate or Favorable High Risk Prostate Cancer: A Phase III Randomized Trial

Purpose:  This study will also describe factors influencing treatment decisions including reason(s) for treatment choices and triggers for treatment changes for CRPC as well as describe clinical outcomes based on patient characteristics.

Physicians: Drs. Katherine Castle, Robert Fields, Maurice King, Renee Levine, Jingya Wang and Charles Wood; Andrew Elson; Jeffrey Long

Offered in:  Baton Rouge, Covington, Houma