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Jan 23, 2006

Statins And Prostate Cancer (again?)

Statins And Prostate Cancer (again?)
On January 4th 2006, Janet wrote in this blog about lack of beneficial effects of popular cholesterol lowering group of drugs known as statins. You know that is not the final word and in the medical community, one research many times contradicts the findings of another research.

A new research now shows that men who've been previously diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer and are taking one of these statin drugs like Lipitor or Zocor may have beneficial effects.

The researchers say that statins improve the outcome of prostate cancer treatment with radioactive seed implants (brachytherapy - see January 6th posting to read about seed implants).

This research comes from Wheeling Hospital in West Virginia. Dr. Gregory S. Merrick from and colleagues evaluated the impact of statin therapy on disease progression and long-term survival after in 512 men who had undergone brachytherapy for localized prostate cancer.

At follow-up, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, percentage of positive biopsies, and tumor stage "were significantly lower in the statin than in the nonstatin users," the investigators report in the medical journal Urology.

Survival without recurrence of the disease at 8 years was 97 percent for patients taking statins and 94percent for patients not taking statins, the results indicate.

Higher PSA levels before treatment and being overweight were associated with lower survival rates, the researchers note.

"Since cardiovascular disease is a primary cause of death in men treated for clinically localized prostate cancer, an agent that could potentially benefit both prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease would be of great utility," Merrick commented to Reuters Health.

I would argue that this is an ongoing controversy and no clear final answer regarding the benefits of statin therapy on prostate cancer is available at this time.


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Prostate cancer
The prostate is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum in male. The tube that carries urine runs through the prostate. The prostate contains cells that make some of the seminal fluid. This fluid protects and nourishes the sperm. Prostate cancer usually starts in the gland cells of the prostate. This kind of cancer is known as adenocarcinoma. Prostate cancer is usually a slow disease, but sometimes it can grow fast and spread quickly to other organs.

Prostate Cancer Blog: Statins And Prostate Cancer (again?)

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