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Prostate Cancer Patients, Keep Taking Your Anticoagulants

By October 27, 2010

Here's some exciting (if preliminary) news from a big study conducted by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, reported by Reuters:

Prostate cancer patients who had been treated with either surgery or radiation, and who took aspirin or other anticoagulant drugs such as warfarin, were far less likely to die of cancer, the researchers said.

Those who took the drugs had a 4 percent risk of dying from prostate cancer after 10 years, compared to 10 percent for men who did not take anticoagulants.

Men with high-risk prostate cancer benefited the most, the researchers said ahead of an American Society for Radiation Oncology meeting, which starts next week in San Diego.


Choe's team looked at a study of 5,275 men whose cancer had not spread beyond the prostate gland. Of the men, 1,982 were taking anticoagulants.

Those taking aspirin or other drugs to reduce clotting were far less likely to have the prostate tumors pop up elsewhere in their bodies and were less likely to die, Choe's team said in materials published ahead of the meeting.

It's important to note that these patients were already taking anticoagulants on a regular basis. So it could just be the case that men who are prone to deep vein thrombosis, heart attacks, and other problems commonly treated or prevented with anticoagulants are also prone to living longer after having prostate cancer. Other studies will be needed to determine whether aspirin really makes a difference in cancer prognosis when men take it who have no other reason to take an anticoagulant.

On the other hand, look at those numbers: Nearly 38% of the patients were taking anticoagulants. Prostate cancer affects billions of men worldwide, and 38% of billions is a lot of people. So at the very least, anyone who gets prostate cancer can be relatively assured that their anticoagulants are not going to make the cancer worse, and that will be a big relief. It's certainly a much better outcome than having to choose between treating cancer and preventing heart attacks.

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(2) Marc Carillet says:

My concern is that Aspirin is know to cause bleeding to the gut and ulcers, this kind of self-help may cause persons over use it especially since itís an over the counter drug.

I did note your caution, ďAspirin may be a commonly used, cheap and readily available over-the-counter medication, but it can still cause serious medical problems, especially stomach bleeding.Ē

It may have been helpful ate the end of the piece say at the end with that caution with perhaps highlighted and printed in BOLD.

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February 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm
(4) Cornelius Chiropractor-Dr. John says:

I completely agree, too often we assume that because they are over the counter they are harmless but the reality is many medications have associated risks. Staying well hydrated, getting adequate vitamin D, eating cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, and consuming a high anti-oxidant diet will also protect your prostate and benefit your overall health and wellness, without any side effects.

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(5) Jorge says:

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February 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm
(6) Student Pharmacist says:

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March 29, 2011 at 7:31 am
(8) Prostate Cancer Treatment says:

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(10) thomas says:

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(13) KjÝp Propecia says:

Aspirin can be used durin prostate cancer. But I think it’s too hard for stomach. Aspirin therapy can be followed by ulcer.

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(14) Jenn Brigole says:

A change of lifestyle of course is needed to counterbalance any medication especially if it’s for a more serious of health issues. This information is truly helpful for those who are looking to try any solution. And definitely, have a regular check up to keep tabs of things, exercise enough and eat healthily.

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(16) Lawrence A Smiley MD says:

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Men are indeed doing better and living longer and more productive lives after being treated for prostate cancer.

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