Last week I posted on the research into the PSA test and how it was leading to some men receiving radical treatment that was not necessary and had long term effects such as impotence and incontinence.
You will also find out more about Prostate Cancer in the post and the symptoms to be aware of.
This week new of another research project that has established a different model of protocols based on a number of clearly established factors. This new model is due to be rolled out later this year to doctors and the research indicates that it provides 90% accuracy in identifying the correct treatment for each individual patient.
Thousands of prostate cancer patients could be spared surgery as experts create a tool that calculates their risk of dying from the disease with 90 percent accuracy
- The model also works out how much each patient will benefit from treatment
- For about a third the chance of dying is low so there is little advantage to surgery
- The Mail is campaigning for urgent improvement in prostate cancer treatments
Here are some key extracts from the article with a link to read the entire post.
Thousands of prostate cancer patients could be spared gruelling treatment after a breakthrough by British scientists.
Experts at Cambridge University have created a tool that calculates a man’s chances of dying from the cancer with 90 per cent accuracy.
Their model also works out how much each patient will benefit from surgery, radiotherapy or other radical treatment – or whether it is worth simply monitoring them.
For about a third of prostate patients – roughly 15,000 of all those diagnosed in Britain every year – the chance of dying is so low that the advantages of treatment are minimal.
The Cambridge team created their model after tracking 10,000 British patients for a decade. They then tested it on 2,500 men in Singapore and found it to be 90 per cent accurate.
The current NHS model simply divides men into three groups depending on how severe their cancer is, and is accurate just 60 per cent of the time
The prediction model – which will be put on the internet for patients and their doctors to use later this year – takes a man’s age, medical history, blood test and biopsy results and gives a personalised chance of surviving ten years.
To read the entire article please follow this link: Daily Mail – New Effective Prostate Cancer Prediction Model
A bit about my nutritional background.
A little about me from a nutritional perspective. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago. I qualified as a nutritional therapist and practiced in Ireland and the UK as well as being a consultant for radio. My first centre was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Here are my health books including a men’s health manual and my anti-aging book.
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Comprehensive guide to the body, and the major organs and the nutrients needed to be healthy 360 pages, A4: http://www.moyhill.com/html/just_food_for_health.html
Thank you for dropping in and if you have any questions fire away.. If you would like to as a private question then my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I am no longer in practice and only too pleased to help in any way I can. thanks Sally