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Plasma therapy offers less invasive treatment for enlarged prostate

Gentle, effective and economical: with the TURis plasma vaporization electrode from Olympus, excess prostate tissue can be removed very gently and safely in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

BPH is the most common non-malignant disease of the prostate. If medicinal therapy fails, transurethral resection (TUR), i.e. the removal of the affected tissue through the urethra, is the most effective form of treatment. In Germany alone, this surgical procedure is currently performed in about 60,000 patients annually.

Olympus now offers urologists a solution in which the hypertrophic prostate tissue is vaporized. For the first time the TURis plasma vaporization electrode combines the advantages of vaporization with the benefits of bipolar resection, thereby combining maximum effectiveness with the lowest possible side effects. The prostate tissue is vaporized rapidly and effectively and the surface is simultaneously gently coagulated. In this way, bleeding is minimised from the outset.

As in other established bipolar technologies, the use of physiological saline solution as the irrigation fluid and a locally restricted current flow (avoidance of an external neutral electrode) does not harm surrounding tissue and nerves, minimizes tissue denaturization and avoids TUR syndrome. This virtually bloodless treatment method also reduces catheter indwelling times and hospital stays because of the gentle technique – an advantage both for physicians and patients.

High Fat Diet Contributes to Prostate Cancer

Researchers have discovered how a high fat diet contributes to prostate disease and cancer. Findings from Case Western Reserve University researchers show that a high fat diet triggers a protein that controls DNA and leads to inflammation and prostate diseases. The discovery showing how a high fat diet can lead to prostate cancer, prostatitis and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) explain the possible link between a high fat diet and prostate diseases.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men. Dietary factors have consistently been shown to increase the chances of developing the disease. Researchers found that fat triggers the protein complex that controls DNA transcription. The protein is activated in response to stress and inflammation brought about by consuming foods high in fat.

The most common prostate problems experienced by men are prostatitis and enlargement of the prostate (BPH). When researchers fed mice high fat diet and compared the mice to a control group given low fat diet they discovered how fat affects the prostate gland.

Markers of oxidative stress were measured in the prostate cells of the mice, providing direct evidence that a high fat diet triggers the protein complex nuclear factor kappa B, setting off a chain reaction. The result of a high fat diet was increased weight of the prostate gland, cell proliferation that leads to BPH and inflammation.

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