Adding radiation therapy to prostate cancer surgery has been a tough call. New science eases the dilemma
One of the thorniest dilemmas posed by prostate cancer is whether, and when, to give radiation therapy — with its potential bad side effects — to men after surgery to remove the prostate gland.Now, three new randomized clinical trials — the gold-standard type of study — and a statistical “meta-analysis” of their results conclude that routinely giving post-surgical radiation does not improve outcomes after five years, compared with giving radiation only if the PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test signals a cancer recurrence. The papers were published last month in the Lancet and Lancet On...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
LGBTQ Hispanics in Miami suffer homophobic and transphobic violence in silence
MIAMI — She was walking to her apartment in Little Havana when a stream of verbal insults, threats and harassment made her feel like she was back in her native Colombia.“Faggot, whore, AIDS carrier people like you must be six feet under,” the four men following her shouted at Irlanda, a transgender immigrant. She quickly managed to get into her home as beer bottles were thrown her way. One smashed through the kitchen window.A neighbor called the police. The suspects were detained. But ultimately no charges were filed because Irlanda could not identify which one had damaged the property, said t...
Larry Stone: 'The doubleheader of cancer': Ex-Mariners trainer Rick Griffin and wife move forward after both overcame disease
SEATTLE — When longtime Mariners trainer Rick Griffin completed his final treatment for prostate cancer in late June, he received a commemorative coin from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy Center. It has a prominent place of honor on his desk.“I never got to go to a World Series, but this is like my own World Series ring,” Griffin said.For 35 years as the Mariners’ head athletic trainer, Griffin was the one tending to the health concerns of Seattle players, from legends to journeymen. There was no distinction to Griffin; all received his tender, loving care. He still maintains a...
The Seattle Times
Healthy Men: Male infertility may predict other health problems
Dear HealthyMen: My wife and I have been trying for a year and have been unable to get pregnant. I want to be there to support her, but I’m suffering too and feeling something less than manly. Is there something wrong with me?Masculinity is a complicated thing. And there’s no more masculine way for a man to express his, well, masculinity than by making babies. That explains why being infertile or having erectile dysfunction (ED) is so strongly connected with depression (in both directions — depression itself can cause ED and ED and/or fertility problems can cause depression). But as if not bei...
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