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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Blog updates for August 2007

These retroactive updates to past posts are important reading for readers of this web site. Rather than trickle them in one by one they are batched together and posted at intervals. The added text or similar is included right here to save the reader from having to reference the original post. Also, links to those posts have been included for those who wish.

Aug 17. Added to the Community Resources page: Those interested in the DC & Vet support group may also be interested in VA &

Aug 24. In Case Histories added Merv Griffin who recently died of prostate cancer. Also, pages 9-13 of WRMAC US TOO May 2007 Newsletter discuss the experience of a Washington DC robotic surgery patient.

Aug 24. In Choosing a Surgeon - Part 2. Finding a Surgeon we cite a July 29, 2007 NY Times article in which the president of the American Cancer Society recommends getting multiple opinions and going to a hospital where a higher volume of patients with your disease are treated.

Aug 24. In Lycopene, Selenium and Vitamin E in Combination we cite Wright et al [PMID: 1754867] [review] who looked at data from the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study of 295,344 men who filled out information on diet. 10,241 developed prostate cancer during 5 years of follow up. They found no connection between Vitamin E supplement (alpha tocopherol) use and prostate cancer risk but found a 32% risk reduction of advanced prostate cancer among the 20% consuming the highest among of Vitamin E (gamma tocopherol) in their diet vs the 20% consuming the lowest amount.

Also, in Lycopene, Selenium and Vitamin E in Combination we cite a combination study where 200 mg of Celebrex, a COX-2 inhibitor, and green tea synergistically combine to reduce the growth of prostate tumors by 81% vs 42% for green tea extract alone and 57% for Celebrex along. [review] [PMID: 17332308].

Aug 24. In the post on ED After Prostatectomy we added a reference to the following link that expands slightly on the description of the chemical reaction that leads to erections: [link]

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