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Urology News

Clinical advancements in the field of urology are featured in the news media every day. This section provides patients and physicians with the most up-to-date information on recent urologic advancements around the world.

* Please Note - TUCC does not necessarily advocate any of the treatment methods listed in the articles below. This news feed is provided as a resource for those interested in the latest urologic research occurring around the world.

  • October 21, 2014
    When the economy goes down, vasectomies go up

    The number of men getting vasectomies spiked during the Great Recession, rising one-third from 2006 to 2010, a study finds.

    In 2006, 3.9 percent of men said they had had a vasectomy; in 2010, 4.4 percent reported having the surgery. That means an additional 150,000 to 180,000 men per year had vasectomies in each year of the recession.

  • September 25, 2014
    Sexual function preserved in prostate cancer combination therapy

    For patients with prostate cancer, combination beam plus brachytherapy does not compromise long-term sexual function compared with external beam radiotherapy (EBRT), according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, held from Sept. 14 to 18 in San Francisco.

  • September 8, 2014
    Non-visible versus visible haematuria and bladder cancer risk: a study of electronic records in primary care.

    Diagnosis of bladder cancer relies on investigation of symptoms presented to primary care, notably visible haematuria. The importance of non-visible haematuria has never been estimated.

  • August 16, 2014
    Confirmed drop in prostate cancer deaths from PSA screening

    Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening is associated with a lasting reduction in prostate cancer mortality,  with increased effect at 13 years compared with nine or 11 years, according to a study published online in The Lancet.

  • August 12, 2014
    BRCA2 Mutation Ups Prostate Cancer Death Risk

    Prostate cancer (PCa) patients with a BRCA2 mutation are more likely to die from the malignancy than those without the mutation, researchers reported online in the British Journal of Cancer.

  • July 17, 2014
    Late-stage prostate cancer increasing among younger men

    Diagnoses of late-stage prostate cancer among younger men are on a surprising increase, with a nearly sixfold rise in diagnoses over two decades — too much of an increase to link solely to better screening, according to a team of researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    Some of these cases turn out to be very aggressive and these men can present with cancer that has already spread to lymph nodes and bone.

  • July 3, 2014
    Free Hepatitis C Screenings Offered in Denver

    Avella Specialty Pharmacy, in collaboration with the American Liver Foundation and Denver Colorado AIDS Project, will offer free Hepatitis screenings for individuals considered high risk at its Denver-based facility on July 28th in support of World Hepatitis Day.  Hepatitis C can be detected through a simple blood test that identifies antibodies to the virus. Early detection of the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is critical since many individuals that have the condition exhibit no symptoms and don’t realize they are infected. Early detection can also help prevent serious complications from this disease including liver damage, cirrhosis and even liver cancer.

  • June 4, 2014
    New approach to treating prostate cancer may boost survival

    Adding the chemotherapy drug docetaxel to standard hormone-depleting therapy may extend the lives of men with advanced prostate cancer, a new study finds.

    The study was to be presented Sunday in Chicago at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

  • May 17, 2014
    Stanford scientists identify source of most cases of invasive bladder cancer

     A single type of cell in the lining of the bladder is responsible for most cases of invasive bladder cancer, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

    Their study, conducted in mice, is the first to pinpoint the normal cell type that can give rise to invasive bladder cancers. It's also the first to show that most bladder cancers and their associated precancerous lesions arise from just one cell, and explains why many human bladder cancers recur after therapy.

  • May 14, 2014
    Low testosterone may indicate prostate cancer progression

    Low testosterone levels may indicate disease worsening in men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer who are being evaluated by active surveillance, according to a new study by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The results were published in BJU International.

    Of a total of 154 men undergoing active surveillance followed for a median of 38 months, 35% (54 men) progressed to active treatment. All of the men were initially diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer. Those men who transitioned to active treatment had significantly lower free testosterone levels compared with those who continued to have classified low-risk disease (P = .03). The median age of the men was 62, and all were enrolled into the prospective cohort between 2000 and 2012.

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