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Mayo Clinic urologists present findings at American Urological Association Annual Meeting
Date:5/23/2012

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Regardless of treatment method, "approximately one-third of patients undergoing a surgical procedure for stones will experience a recurrence. Patients with a previous history of stones, prior stone surgery, and positive family history are at increased risk," says lead author Amy Krambeck M.D., a Mayo Clinic urologist.

Patients having shock wave lithotripsy were at highest risk of recurrence, while stones were least likely to return in those receiving percutaneous nephrolithotomy. Dr. Krambeck says patients and doctors should focus on treatment options most likely to leave the patient stone free with the least invasive and fewest surgical interventions.

Three studies support C-11 choline PET/CT scans as prostate cancer evaluation tool
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Recent European studies have suggested that C-11 choline positron emission tomography/ computerized tomography scans may be used as an evaluation and therapeutic tool in prostate cancer. The results of three Mayo Clinic studies validate findings in Europe and expand the potential use of C-11 choline PET scans.

One study found that C-11 choline PET/CT scans can be used as an evaluation tool rather than multiple X-rays, but are not necessarily better. The two additional Mayo studies support the favorable claims made in recent medical literature about the use of PET scans to evaluate patients with recurrent prostate cancer. These findings are important because distinguishing localized disease recurrence from systemic recurrence is a vital step in optimizing treatment following primary treatment failure.

"Taken together, the three studies represent an important validation of the C-11 choline PET/CT scan as an evaluation tool for patients with prostate cancer," says Jeffrey Karnes, M.D., senior author of all three papers. "We believe the use of these scans can improve the evaluation and treatment of this common form
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