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Category: Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer: From Screening to Diagnosis to Treatment – Dr. Hitesh Singh

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men and causes about 36,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Some men, based on ethnicity, occupation, family history and age, are more susceptible. The U.T. Health Science Center’s Dr. Hitesh Singh talks about the screening, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer in this latest post to HealthConnection.TV.

What is the likelihood that a man will develop prostate cancer over the course of his lifetime? (first question)

What causes prostate cancer? (skip to 0:43)

How is prostate cancer detected? (skip to 2:00)

Why has the PSA test for prostate cancer become controversial? (skip to 2:37)

What would be the impact if the medical community stopped using the PSA test as a screening tool? (skip to 4:15)

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer? (skip to 4:47)

How serious is a diagnosis of prostate cancer? (skip to 5:22)

How is prostate cancer treated? (skip to 6:25)

Are there things a man can do to prevent getting prostate cancer? (skip to 8:15)

What does the future hold for prostate cancer treatment? (skip to 8:53)

Radiation Therapy for Cancer – Dr. Lewis G. Smith

It has been known since the 19th century that radiation will kill cancer cells. The challenge has been to use radiation effectively while doing minimum damage to healthy tissue. Advances in radiation therapy technology have rendered radiation a much more effective weapon in the battle against many cancers.

What is radiation oncology? (first question)

How does radiation kill cancer cells? (skip to 1:26)

How effective is radiation in treating cancer? (skip to 3:10)

What types of cancers are typically treated with radiation? (skip to 4:27)

How is the decision made to use radiation, chemotherapy or both in treating cancer? (skip to 5:22)

How has radiation therapy improved? (skip to 6:20)

What are the potential side effects to treating cancer with radiation? (skip to 9:53)

The U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler has a new linear accelerator which delivers radiation treatment to patients. How is it different from most linear accelerators? (skip to 13:08)

What does the future hold for radiation therapy in the treatment of cancer? (skip to 16:34)

The War on Cancer – Dr. William Hyman

In 1971, the U.S. Congress passed the National Cancer Act and devoted millions of dollars to cancer research. Forty years later, that research is bearing fruit as many cancers have yielded to better detection, better treatment, better survivability and better cure rates. U.T. Health Science Center oncologist Dr. William Hyman discusses progress in the War on Cancer in this latest post to HealthConnection.TV.

Have we made progress in detecting, treating and curing cancer in the past 30 to 40 years? (first question)

For what types of cancers has there been the most progress in terms of survival rates and cures? (skip to 0:45)

For what types of cancers has it been the most difficult to improve outcomes? (skip to 1:38)

What do we need to do in order to wage a more effective war against cancer? (skip to 2:00)

If a young person starts smoking but quits early in life, is the risk of lung cancer still significant? (skip to 2:30)

As the population ages, cancer rates increase. Why is this so? (skip to 3:11)

Because of improved mortality rates for other diseases, have we statistically increased the chances for getting cancer? (skip to 4:12)

How has genetic research impacted the diagnosis and treatment of cancer? (skip to 4:48)

What does the future hold for genetic testing for cancer? (skip to 6:16)

Some have predicted that there will one day be a vaccine for cancer. How likely is it that this prediction will come true? (skip to 6:39)

Will there ever be a cure for cancer? (skip to 7:22)




Prostate Health – Dr. Thomas Belt

As men get older, one of the most common health concerns is prostate health. Most men will experience symptoms of an enlarged prostate and increasing age brings about a corresponding increased risk for prostate cancer. The University of Texas Health Science Center’s Dr. Thomas Belt talks about prostate health in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

What is prostatitis and what are the symptoms? (first question)

Why can prostatitis be difficult to diagnose and treat? (skip to 1:29)

What is benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, and how common is it? (skip to 2:15)

How is BPH treated? (skip to 3:22)

Why does the prostate gland in men seem prone to cancer? How common is prostate cancer? (skip to 4:22)

Are there early warning signs for prostate cancer? (skip to 4:53)

How is prostate cancer treated? (skip to 5:40)

Are there proactive steps that can be taken toward having a healthier prostate? Does nutrition play a role? (skip to 8:00)

What role does exercise play in keeping a healthy prostate? (skip to 9:58)

Genetic Testing for Cancer – Dr. William Hyman

With advances made in recent years in understanding genetics, it is now possible to administer tests to help determine an individual’s susceptibility to cancer and to possibly ascertain the best courses of treatment for those that have certain cancers. But with this technology comes a list of questions regarding the timing, accuracy and even the ethics of testing individuals for susceptibility to disease. The U.T. Health Science Center’s Dr. William Hyman discusses these issues in this edition of Health Connection.

What is genetic or gene testing? (first question)

What is the relationship between genes and cancer? (skip to 0:31)

How are diseased cancer genes identified? (skip to 1:05)

How accurate is genetic testing as a predictor of cancer? (skip to 2:26)

What types of cancer susceptibility can be identified using genetic testing? (skip to 3:21)

Who should have genetic cancer testing done? (skip to 4:15)

How is genetic testing for cancer performed? (skip to 5:10)

What does the future hold of genetic testing as a tool to diagnose cancer? (skip to 5:44)

Are there ethical questions attendant to genetic testing? (skip to 6:40)

Dr. Coty Ho discusses cancer screening

Many cancers are either curable or highly treatable if they are detected early. That’s why screening for detectable cancers at appropriate times and intervals is so important. Dr. Coty Ho, Chief of Medical Oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler joins us in this edition of Health Connection to discuss cancer screening for men and women.

What are the most important cancer screens for men? (first question)

What are the most important cancer screens for women? (skip to 00:44)

Who should have a colonoscopy and when? (skip to 01:14)

Recently, the government revised the guidelines regarding mammograms. What are your thoughts on this? (skip to 01:43)

What about the risks of false positives in cancer screenings? (skip to 02:52)

Does the PSA test for men make a difference in prostate cancer survival rates? (skip to 03:35)