At Compass Community Health Care Center we are dedicated to providing the best health care possible. We are listening to our patients, families, and community with their health concerns and questions. Watch for #LiveWellWednesday posts each Wednesday, which focus on giving you the information and tips you need to understand current health care concerns and topics.
Today’s topic is Advanced Prostate Cancer Care by Ryan Carpenter, Compass Community Health Care Center Family Nurse Practitioner.
In honor of June being Men’s Health Awareness Month, we will be highlighting ways to help keep men on the road to good health, all this month during our #LiveWellWednesday posts. Be sure and check back each Wednesday afternoon for more information on men’s health with Ryan Carpenter, Compass Community Health Care Center Family Nurse Practitioner.
Last week we focused on prostate health and nonmalignant growths of the prostate and this week we’ll look at prostate cancer care and hitting harder on advanced prostate cancer. The latest clinical trial results showed that adding a Johnson and Johnson drug called Zytiga, or abiraterone, to standard hormone therapy for men with newly diagnosed advanced prostate cancer reduced their chance of death by about 40 percent.
“This will clearly result in the earlier use of abiraterone and should spur rapid FDA approval for this additional indication,” said Nancy Dawson, an oncologist at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center who was not involved in the research. The medication already is approved for men whose prostate cancer worsens during the standard hormone treatment.
Men, remember to have regular routine PSA screenings of your prostate every year, beginning at age 50. A PSA test is performed along with other tests when prostate cancer is suspected, but only a biopsy can confirm the presence of the disease. There are a number of different ways to monitor and find prostate cancer. Some of these include an MRI, a CT scan, a PET/CT scan, and a bone scan. If you have already been treated for prostate cancer, the PSA test may be used to determine if the prostate cancer has returned.
Speak up, because no one knows your body better than you! Talk to your provider if you are experiencing any of these symptoms: tiredness/fatigue, trouble falling or staying asleep, aches, pains or discomfort, anxiety or stress as a result of pain, weakness/numbness, or difficulty doing normal daily activities. At Compass Community Health Care Center, we’re here to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Please contact our office at 740-355-7102 to schedule an appointment.