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FDA finding on Xiaflex expected in September

Monday, August 26th, 2013

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Will the FDA approve the Auxilium drug Xiaflex for Peyronie’s Disease?  News is expected during the first week of September.  Xiaflex consists of an enzyme which breaks down the plaque that causes curvature of the penis.  Trial studies indicate that the drug can reduce the degree of penile curvature in Peyronie’s disease and other symptoms for men with the disease, and results have been consistent in multiple phases. Urosciences will watch the Web for the latest news on Xiaflex for Peyronie’s Disease, and keep our viewers posted.  The drug is already in use for a crippling hand condition known as Dupuytren’s contracture.

This post was written by  UroSciences, developers of the PDAD Peyronie’s Disease Assessment Device for urologists and patients.

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CyberKnife Robotic Radio Surgery System and prostate cancer treatment

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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Today we’ve gathered information from around the Web on CyberKnife treatments for prostate cancer.   If you aren’t familiar with CyberKnife, here is some general information:

CyberKnife is used for the highly-targeted delivery of radiation impulses directly to the site of tumors within the body.  The pulses, as many as 200 per treatment, are delivered from many angles through the use of a robotic arm similar to those associated with assembly lines in the automotive industry.  The treatments last for 1-2 hours per day for approximately five days.

In comparison to traditional radiation therapy for prostate cancer, or other cancers, which lasts approximately eight weeks,  CyberKnife treatment offers a much more convenient option, and reduces lodging costs for those who must travel long distances to obtain the therapy.  The side effects of CyberKnife therapy are reported by some to be much milder than traditional radiation treatments.  Some patients report fatigue, urgency in urination, and irritation of the urethra after CyberKnife treatments.

Check with your insurance company if you are considering CyberKnife treatments to assure coverage.  In addition, Medicare patients should inquire about coverage, as CyberKnife therapy is not covered in some regions–and restrictions may apply even in regions where it is covered.

If you or a loved one is battling prostate cancer, be sure to check out our other Urosciences posts on sex after radical prostatectomy and urine leakage during sex, also known as climacturia.

 

 

Men with ED, diabetes, often unaware of Peyronie’s Disease

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
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The P.D.A.D., Peyronie’s Disease Assesment Device, by UroSciences

If you have erectile dysfunction, you may want to consult with your urologist on the possible presence of Peyronie’s Disease–especially if you also have diabetes. Recent studies suggest that men with erectile dysfunction may not be aware that they also have Peyronie’s Disease, and that it could be contributing to their ED symptoms. And, in men with both ED and Peyronie’s disease, who were previously unaware of their Peyronie’s, diabetes was also present in 40% of cases.  The study, conducted in Istanbul, Turkey, suggests that Peyronie’s disease should always be suspected in men with both ED and diabetes.

More UroSciences posts on Peyronie’s Disease news:

Overcome Embarrassment and Get Treatment for Peyronie’s Disease

The PDAD Device for Peyronie’s

Collagenase Injections for Peyronie’s Disease

3 Resources for Peyronie’s Disease

 

 

 

Xofigo prostate cancer drug reported to reduce pain

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

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Xofigo, a newly approved treatment for advanced prostate cancer that has spread to the bones, is said to reduce patient pain levels.  The drug, which mimics calcium by binding to bone tissue at tumor sites, has been shown to extend patient survival rates by three months. The binding action of  Xofigo allows physicians to target the precise location of bone tumors caused by prostate cancer, and minimizes bone damage caused by tumors.  It is reported that Xofigo may allow patients to delay chemotherapy and the use of morphine for pain management.  A Xofigo treatment can be administered in a few as 15 minutes.

This prostate cancer news is brought to you by UroSciences– makers of the UroStop variable tension penile loop for sexual incontinence and the PDAD Peyronie’s disease assessment device.

 

 

New Mexico Cancer Center offering Xofigo for prostate cancer

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

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The New Mexico Cancer Center has begun offering Xofigo to its prostate cancer patients.   Made by Bayer Healthcare, Xofigo, radium -223, has shown promise in recent studies for extending the survival rates of patients with advanced prostate cancer.  Xofigo works by mimicking calcium within the body and binding to areas of rapid bone growth caused by bone tumors, thus limiting the damage caused by the tumors.  Xofigo, once known as Alpharadin, received marketing approval from the FDA on May 15, 2013.

 

Check in with our UroSciences blog for the very latest news on prostate cancer, Peyronie’s disease, climacturia, and other urology topics.  Learn more about our PDAD device for assessing Peyronie’s disease, and the UroStop for preventing urine leakage during sex.

The UroStop variable tension penile loop for sexual incontinence.

The UroStop variable tension penile loop for sexual incontinence.

 

Overcome Embarassment and Get Help for Peyronie’s Disease

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

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Perhaps on of the biggest barriers to getting treatment for Peyronie’s Disease is the initial embarrassment and awkwardness of seeing a urologist for the condition. However, delaying treatment can make curvature of the penis worse by increasing damage to penile tissue. If you think you have Peyronie’s Disease, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible.  Here are a few ways to make going to the doctor easier.

Photos from Home

Although your urologist will need to physical examine the flaccid penis to determine diagnosis and possible Peyronie’s Disease treatment options, many urologist offer the option to take photos of the erect penis from home, and then bring the photos to your appointment for assessment.

Measurement for Diagnosis

To assess the level of severity of Peyronie’s Disease your urologist will require specific measurements of the penis.  While this can be done in a doctor’s office, there is an option for accurately measuring the extent of the penile curvature.  The device, known as the PDAD, or Peyronie’s Disease Assessment Device, was developed by UroSciences and is the first device of its kind .  Available to both patients and medical professionals, the easy-to-use P.D.A.D. allows patients to measure the severity of Peyronie’s Disease from the comfort of home.

Tracking Improvement

Tracking specific measurements of the penis before and after treatment are important to successful treatment of Peyronie’s Disease.  Similar to using the P.D.A.D. for initial assessment of PD, patients and medical professionals also select the P.D.A.D. for measuring and tracking improvements in penile curvature.

 

Overcome Embarassment and Get Help for Peyronie’s Disease

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

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Perhaps on of the biggest barriers to getting treatment for Peyronie’s Disease is the initial embarrassment and awkwardness of seeing a urologist for the condition. However, delaying treatment can make curvature of the penis worse by increasing damage to penile tissue. If you think you have Peyronie’s Disease, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible.  Here are a few ways to make going to the doctor easier.

Photos from Home

Although your urologist will need to physical examine the flaccid penis to determine diagnosis and possible Peyronie’s Disease treatment options, many urologist offer the option to take photos of the erect penis from home, and then bring the photos to your appointment for assessment.

Measurement for Diagnosis

To assess the level of severity of Peyronie’s Disease your urologist will require specific measurements of the penis.  While this can be done in a doctor’s office, there is an option for accurately measuring the extent of the penile curvature.  The device, known as the PDAD, or Peyronie’s Disease Assessment Device, was developed by UroSciences and is the first device of its kind .  Available to both patients and medical professionals, the easy-to-use P.D.A.D. allows patients to measure the severity of Peyronie’s Disease from the comfort of home.

Tracking Improvement

Tracking specific measurements of the penis before and after treatment are important to successful treatment of Peyronie’s Disease.  Similar to using the P.D.A.D. for initial assessment of PD, patients and medical professionals also select the P.D.A.D. for measuring and tracking improvements in penile curvature.

 

Preparing for Sex after Radical Prostatectomy

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

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After a prostate cancer diagnosis and radical prostatectomy, some couples may wonder if their sex life will ever return to what it once was.  Although sex after prostate surgery may present unique challenges, fortunately, many couples are able to resume satisfying and enjoyable intimate relationships.

If you or someone you love has or will have radical prostatectomy, here are a few ways to prepare for sex after surgery.

Understand the Possibilities

Although nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy has improved the quality of sex after prostate surgery,  the possible sexual changes after surgery are often not adequately discussed, including erectile dysfunction, climacturia, and urine leaking during sex.  The younger a patient is at the time of surgery, the less likely he is to be affected by sexual dysfunction after surgery.  Regardless of age, understanding the challenges you may encounter will help you be more prepared for and less intimidated by them.

Treatment Options for ED

Erectile dysfunction after prostate surgery can be treated in a number of ways, depending on what is best for your situation. There are more ED treatment options available today than ever before, including penile injections, implants, and oral medications.

Preventing Climacturia

Climacturia, or leaking urine during orgasm, is often prevented by the use of a variable tension penile loop, a soft silicone tube placed around the penis and adjusted to provide comfortable pressure on the urethra to physically prevent leaking urine during sex.  UroSciences offers the UroStop™, a penile loop specifically designed to reduce the frequency, amount of leakage, and distress associate with climacturia or experiencing a urine leak during sex.

A Note on Patience

Restoring active and satisfying intimate relationships after prostate cancer requires a considerable amount of time. While some may attempt intercourse with the aid of prescription medication in the early months, it is common for erectile dysfunction and sexual incontinence to persist throughout the first couple of years after prostate surgery.

 

Preparing for Sex after Radical Prostatectomy

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

couple after prostate surgery

After a prostate cancer diagnosis and radical prostatectomy, some couples may wonder if their sex life will ever return to what it once was.  Although sex after prostate surgery may present unique challenges, fortunately, many couples are able to resume satisfying and enjoyable intimate relationships.

If you or someone you love has or will have radical prostatectomy, here are a few ways to prepare for sex after surgery.

Understand the Possibilities

Although nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy has improved the quality of sex after prostate surgery,  the possible sexual changes after surgery are often not adequately discussed, including erectile dysfunction, climacturia, and urine leaking during sex.  The younger a patient is at the time of surgery, the less likely he is to be affected by sexual dysfunction after surgery.  Regardless of age, understanding the challenges you may encounter will help you be more prepared for and less intimidated by them.

Treatment Options for ED

Erectile dysfunction after prostate surgery can be treated in a number of ways, depending on what is best for your situation. There are more ED treatment options available today than ever before, including penile injections, implants, and oral medications.

Preventing Climacturia

Climacturia, or leaking urine during orgasm, is often prevented by the use of a variable tension penile loop, a soft silicone tube placed around the penis and adjusted to provide comfortable pressure on the urethra to physically prevent leaking urine during sex.  UroSciences offers the UroStop™, a penile loop specifically designed to reduce the frequency, amount of leakage, and distress associate with climacturia or experiencing a urine leak during sex.

A Note on Patience

Restoring active and satisfying intimate relationships after prostate cancer requires a considerable amount of time. While some may attempt intercourse with the aid of prescription medication in the early months, it is common for erectile dysfunction and sexual incontinence to persist throughout the first couple of years after prostate surgery.

 

Variable Tension Penile Loop for Sexual Incontinence

Monday, June 24th, 2013
The UroStop variable tension penile loop for sexual incontinence.

The UroStop variable tension penile loop for sexual incontinence.

 

For approximately half of radical prostatectomy patients and their partners, sexual incontinence or urine leakage during orgasm is an unexpected side effect and yet another obstacle to overcome after a prostate cancer diagnosis and surgery.  As a little talked about result of radical prostatectomy, many patients feel they are uninformed as to how to manage climacturia.

As one of the most common methods of controlling sexual incontinence, a variable tension penile loop can prevent urine leakage during sex and, as a result, reduce the amount of distress experienced by the patient and his partner.

What is a Variable Tension Penile Loop?

Simply stated, a variable tension penile loop is a soft silicone loop to place around the penis during sexual activity.  The loop is adjustable to both provide the level of pressure needed, and increase the comfort of the wearer.

How Does a Penile Loop Work for Urine Leakage?

When placed around the penis before sexual activity with the correct amount of tension (adjusted by the wearer), a variable tension penile loop compresses the urethra, the pathway through which urine flows, to prevent urine from escaping during sex and orgasm.  As an added benefit of controlling climacturia, men  achieve greater sexual satisfaction and reduced distress.

Purchase a Variable Tension Penile Loop

UroSciences offers UroStop™, the first variable tension penile loop specifically designed for and proven to reduce sexual incontinence and associated stress.  Read more about the UroStop™ variable tension penile loop.