The Department of Urology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland has consistently been rated best (#1) in the annual survey published in U.S. News and World Report. Hopkins urologists provide an excellent source of prostate information via a number of publications. Recent examples are as follows. The July 28th-Aug. 3rd issue of the Johns Hopkins Health Alerts contained an article describing new therapies for men with metastatic, castrate-resistant (hormone-refractory) prostate cancer. Recently approved drugs, which inhibit testosterone and its biological activity, include abiraterone acetate (Zytiga) and enzalutamide (Xtandi). These agents, in addition to the earlier-approved treatments Provenge and Jevtana, provide new options for men with advanced prostate cancer. The Aug. 4th-Aug. 10th issue featured a discussion on diet and prostate cancer. Regular intake of vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli (containing the active compound sulforaphane) and cabbage, soy foods and lycopene-rich tomato products, have all been associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer. In addition, pomegranate and its juice may slow prostate cancer progression. The same issue discussed the effect of diabetes and its association with aggressive prostate cancer. The most recent weekly issue of the Johns Hopkins Health Alerts (Aug. 18th-24th) featured an article discussing possible help in reducing hot flashes, an undesirable side effect often experienced by men receiving androgen deprivation (hormonal) therapy. A reader can subscribe to automatically receive these Health Alerts electronically for specific conditions such as prostate cancer. Finally, a comprehensive treatise entitled “Prostate Cancer Outlook 2013” written by the Hopkins physicians describing the latest developments in their own specialties, is available for purchase as an invaluable reference.
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