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Prostate Cancer: A Family Affair

Frank delaRama is an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist who works with cancer patients at Palo Alto Medical FoundationOpens new window. His focus is on prostate cancer. Frank shares his expertise with this prevalent disease, treatment options available, and the impact of prostate cancer on the men who discover it – as well as their families.

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Frank delaRama is an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist who works with cancer patients at Palo Alto Medical FoundationOpens new window. His focus is on prostate cancer. Frank shares his expertise with this prevalent disease, treatment options available, and the impact of prostate cancer on the men who discover it – as well as their families.
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Pinterest Pin ItTop 5 Questions Asked by Prostate Cancer Patients: Active Surveillance

Top 5 Questions Asked by Prostate Cancer Patients: Active Surveillance

Posted on 01/22/2014  by  Frank dela Rama RN, MS, AOCNS

I have to admit…whether I’m reading the newspaper or magazines, or even while checking my Facebook, Twitter, or BuzzFeed, I love reading lists. Articles that start with “Top ten…” or “25 ways to..” spark my interest right away.

Almost every day, I counsel men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, along with their families, answering questions that often have no simple answers. A right answer for one man may not be the right answer for another. It all depends on the individual situation, plus their personal priorities. My goal is to give them information about all the aspects of their question, so they can find the answers that best fit them.


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Pinterest Pin ItA Genetic "Magnifying Glass" for Prostate Cancer

A Genetic "Magnifying Glass" for Prostate Cancer

Posted on 11/05/2013  by  Frank dela Rama RN, MS, AOCNS

Differing Views of Prostate Cancer Genomics

Recent attention has turned once again (mainly in the UK for some reason) to prostate cancer genetics. The utility of this type of testing is still up in the air, based upon a sampling of news articles out there now:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24805626

http://www.watchlistnews.com/2013/11/05/prostate-cancer-genetic-test-not-ready-for-prime-time/

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/11/05/movember-prostate-cancer-new-test-aggressive-forms_n_4217436.html?ir=UK+Lifestyle


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Pinterest Pin ItBefore Your PSA -- Dos and Don'ts

Before Your PSA -- Dos and Don'ts

Posted on 09/04/2013  by  by Frank dela Rama

Bike riderOnce you have decided that the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test is right for you (if still on the fence, see this helpful decision aid  from the American Society of Clinical Oncologists. It is crucial to get an accurate number, as we know many factors can significantly affect the results. For those of you on active surveillance for diagnosed prostate cancer, you already know how important it is to get a consistent reading. Just like many other medical tests, the preparation for PSA testing involves some time-sensitive “dos and don’ts.”


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Pinterest Pin It A New Look at an Old Drug, Preventing Prostate Cancer?

A New Look at an Old Drug, Preventing Prostate Cancer?

Posted on 08/14/2013  by  Frank dela Rama RN, MS, AOCNS

 

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shed some new light on finasteride as a potential tool in prostate cancer prevention. This cheap, generic pill seems to lower risk by 30 percent without raising the risk of dying from aggressive prostate cancer, as initially thought in previous studies.

Full details on the study here:
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1215932query=featured_home&


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Pinterest Pin It Prostate Cancer and My Drinking Problem

Prostate Cancer and My Drinking Problem

Posted on 07/10/2013  by  Frank dela Rama RN, MS, AOCNS

Summer’s here and most of us are dealing with heat waves to some degree. We need to be drinking plenty of water. I usually give little thought to bottled water, but a recent study shows a connection between drinking water from plastic bottles to the risk for getting prostate cancer later in life.


Some details here: http://www.cancernetwork.com/prostate-cancer/content/article/10165/2147571


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