April 7, 1996
Endocare Inc., which makes surgical devices for treating prostate disease, said it lost $577,000 for 1995, compared with a loss of $263,000 in 1994. Per-share amounts were not available. Revenue dropped by 50% to $1.3 million, because of a shift in the urology market from laser-based therapy to electro-vaporization devices. The company said its results were as a division of Medstone International Inc. In January, Endocare became an independent company.
May 9, 1993
The first ultrasound-guided cryosurgery for prostate cancer in the greater Los Angeles area was successfully performed at Alhambra Hospital last month on a 52-year-old man. The surgery, which involves freezing and destroying prostate cancer cells, was performed by Drs. Douglas and Mahlon Chinn of the Chinn Urology Medical Group of Arcadia and Dr. Wilson Wong of the Arcadia Radiology Medical Group of Arcadia. Cryosurgery is also being used for treatment of liver tumors.
March 30, 2009 |
Manny Hamelburg, 68, a retired businessman, had fought prostate cancer for years. First, he tried radiation, then a drug with side effects that nearly killed him, and finally Lupron, a drug that blocks production of testosterone, the hormone that can fuel prostate cancer. The cancer disappeared. But life was miserable. Without normal levels of testosterone, Hamelburg says, he had no energy, and "zero libido for seven years. I was like a eunuch. I was chemically castrated. Sex was just hugs."
February 13, 2003 |
Democratic presidential hopeful John F. Kerry underwent successful surgery for an early form of prostate cancer, with his doctor saying there were no indications that the disease had spread. He also indicated that the Massachusetts senator could be released as early as Saturday. Dr. Patrick Walsh, chief of urology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, said that he and Dr.
August 19, 1996
Trimedyne Inc. said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office upheld the validity of all of the claims on its laser patent. In 1995, Laser Industries Ltd. filed a petition with the patent office asking that Trimedyne's patent be reexamined. The patent gives Trimedyne the ability to manufacture other lasers with higher power and unique energy delivery capabilities, the company said.
May 7, 1996 |
Millions of men who suffer enlarged prostates now can choose a one-hour treatment over drugs or surgery: a machine that microwaves the prostate to relieve urinary symptoms. The Food and Drug Administration approved the Prostatron, which kills excess prostate tissue by heating the gland with microwaves, based on studies showing it may help 75% of patients. It is an outpatient procedure that appears to work better than drugs and clearly is safer than surgery, said Dr.
March 6, 1985 |
President Reagan will undergo his annual physical checkup Friday at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in suburban Maryland, the White House said today. He will be examined by a team of Navy doctors specializing in cardiovascular medicine, urology and ophthalmology, and they will reassess the condition that led to partial removal of a small benign polyp from the President's anal canal.