This health video focuses on the new double dose of drugs being used to help those who suffer from a prostate condition, such as enlarged prostate.
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Jennifer Matthews: Seven years ago, retired Marine Jim Haskell heard about a study that changed his life. Jim Haskell: I hardly knew what a prostate was, except I had one and it causes problems in men. After listening to this periodically, I said, 'Gee, that sounds like me in some respects.' Jennifer Matthews: Urologists diagnosed Jim with an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia. Dr. Claus G. Roehrborn: BPH, the disease, causes lower urinary tract symptoms, and those symptoms are frequent urination, nighttime urination, difficulty starting the stream, interrupting the stream, incomplete emptying of the bladder, etc. Jennifer Matthews: Researchers tested a combination of two drugs --proscar and cardura --to help the condition. Dr. Claus G. Roehrborn: Towards the end of the study, his prostate had shrunk from 60 to about 40 cubic centimeters, and with that, comes a considerable alleviation of his symptoms." Jennifer Matthews: Like Jim, 67 percent of more than 3,000 men in the 5-year study were helped by the combination therapy. Jim Haskell: Would I be happy to stay the way I am, until I am planted? Yes, I would be tickled pink. Jennifer Matthews: Researchers believe this therapy is a long-term treatment and could help many men avoid surgery. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.