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I’ve said it before, because this is what some of the finest researchers in prostate cancer have told me:  The goal for aggressive prostate cancer is to find out which genes are involved and treat with gene-specific medicine — ideally, even preventing the need for androgen deprivation therapy (ADT).  We’re not there yet, but some […]

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I’ve had a lot of requests to print a talk I recently gave. Here it is. — Janet Recently, I took part in a large, two-day community cancer seminar in Prescott, Arizona, presented by Prescott United Methodist Church.   Many people have asked for copies of my talk, so here it is.  Readers of this blog […]

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Believe it or not, there once was a time when the Grand Canyon was just a ditch.  Before that, it was a rough patch in the desert with a river running through it.  It took a very long time for that canyon to form, and the conditions had to be just right to allow water, […]

The post How Inflammation Sparks Prostate Cancer appeared first on Vital Jake.

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Checkpoint Inhibitors Miracle Drugs for Some, But Not Yet All Checkpoint inhibitors have one mission: to unleash the immune system.  They wake up the sleeping T cells, and in some people with cancer, they have done this spectacularly well. But right now, they don’t help more than a fraction of patients. In other words, for […]

The post Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer, Part 2 appeared first on Vital Jake.

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You’ve got a lot of antibodies floating around in your blood – to every cold or virus you’ve ever had, plus all the antibodies your body has made after you got a shot to prevent the flu, measles, mumps, chicken pox, or tetanus, etc. If results of a clinical trial are as promising as scientists […]

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Ask Rob Gray* to talk about how prostate cancer came into his life, and he has the best possible response: “I prefer to talk about how it came out of my life.” For nearly a decade, among other tests and procedures, Rob underwent 17 PSA tests, five PCA3 tests, and nine MRIs. He endured five […]

The post Living in Prostate Limbo appeared first on Vital Jake.

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Here’s some news about coffee, the good, the bad – actually, there is no bad to this story. Coffee is good! If you can’t drink caffeinated coffee, decaf is good, too! Here’s why: Although most scientists are not yet willing to step out on a limb and proclaim definitively that drinking coffee prevents cancer (this […]

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Remember these letters:  PSMA.  If you haven’t heard of PSMA-targeted agents yet, you probably will soon. Imagine a heat-seeking missile – except the tiny target locked onto by this particular missile is PSMA (prostate-specific membrane antigen), a protein that sits on the surface of prostate cancer cells.  The weapon itself is a small molecule, originally […]

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Just when everything should be getting better – you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, gotten curative treatment with surgery or radiation, and now you’re looking forward to getting your life back – there’s another bump in the road: ED (erectile dysfunction). You don’t need that! Darn it, here’s yet another “reluctant brotherhood” – a club, […]

The post ED After Prostate Cancer Treatment: Old School Approach Not Good Enough appeared first on Vital Jake.

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What does your poop reveal about your gut bacteria (called the gut “microbiome”), and what does this have to do with your immune system’s ability to fight off cancer? Just how important is this gut flora, or bacteria, anyway? Let’s look at the last question first. How important is your gut bacteria? It’s very important […]

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