Navigation Links
New blood marker may predict prostate cancer spread

PHILADELPHIA Researchers report finding a new blood biomarker that enables close to 98 percent accuracy in predicting the spread of prostate cancer to regional lymph nodes. Their study is published in the March 1 issue of Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

When cancer spreads beyond a solid tumor, it often does so at a microscopic level that typically cannot be identified by conventional imaging methods such as CT scans. The new blood test measures levels of endoglin, a plasma biomarker that has been previously shown to predict the spread of colon and breast cancer. In this study, researchers concluded for the first time that endoglin could help predict whether a patients prostate cancer would spread beyond the solid tumor site into their lymph nodes.

For prostate cancer, we have hit the limit of our ability to classify risk in these patients before initial surgery. We currently use prostate specific antigen, Gleason grade and a rectal exam, but the predictive value of those three tests is inadequate for predicting what cancers will spread. Conventional imaging modalities used for clinical staging in prostate cancer are inadequate to detect small but clinically significant lymph node metastases. said study author Shahrokh F. Shariat, MD, chief urology resident at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Although it is recognized that pelvic lymphadenectomy can provide important staging and prognostic information, it is still not clear in whom this procedure should be done. Doing pelvic lymphadenectomy on all patients is not universally practiced, as this procedure could be time consuming and is not without morbidity. As such, it would be of tremendous benefit to have an accurate blood marker that identifies patients in whom pelvic lymphadenectomy should be done, said co-author Claus G. Roehrborn, MD, professor and chairman of Urology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Shariat and his colleagues observed 425 patients who had undergone surgery to remove both their prostates and associated pelvic lymph nodes. Researchers measured the levels of plasma endoglin using a commercially available blood test. Higher plasma endoglin levels were associated with an increased risk of cancer spread to the lymph nodes. Each 1 ng/mL increase of plasma endoglin increased the risk for cancer spread into the lymph nodes by 17 percent.

When researchers added endoglin levels to their usual methods of prediction, the accuracy improved from 89.4 percent without endoglin to 97.8 percent. Blood levels of endoglin may allow doctors to predict the risk of cancer spread at an earlier stage and with higher accuracy than currently available methods.

Despite strides in the management of prostate cancer, approximately 25 percent to 30 percent fail primary curative treatment such as radical prostatectomy and radiotherapy. This is often due to spread of cancer cells beyond the original tumor site. Use of plasma endoglin could help identify patients at risk for lymph nodes metastasis who should undergo pelvic lymphadenectomy. In addition, it may spare patients at low risk of lymph node metastasis the potential morbidity of an unnecessary lymphadenectomy, Shariat said.

The authors stressed that some limitations of this study should be noted. The retrospective study, the standard lymph node sampling, and the small number of events support the need for multicenter prospective studies before the clinical use of endoglin as a marker for predicting lymph node metastasis in patients with clinically localized prostate cancer.

Ultimately endoglin will need to be combined with three of four other markers to predict risk with greater certainty. The problem with biomarkers is that there is a tremendous variability among patients, but this moves us forward from what we were able to do with imaging and with our other commonly used methods, Shariat said.


Contact: Jeremy Moore
American Association for Cancer Research

Related medicine news :

1. Specific antagonism lowers blood pressure
2. Restricting Blood Flow May Help Heart Bypass Patients
3. FDA Updates Prescription Guidelines for Blood Thinner
4. Doctors Often Miss High Blood Pressure in Kids
5. Back to School Means Return of School Blood Drives
6. Blood-flow detector software show promise in preventing brain damage
7. FDA Approves New Roche West Nile Virus Blood Screening Test
8. Australian-led international study shows blood pressure drugs cut death rate in type 2 diabetes
9. Laser blasts viruses in blood
10. Study Demonstrates Marteks Algal DHA Oil Improves Blood Triglyceride Lipid Levels
11. LifeMasters Provides Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Blood Cholesterol Level
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 2015 , ... According to an ESPN report published on October ... accidentally elbowed him in the left eye during the first day of practice for ... a series of setbacks, including a knee injury that has interfered with his ability ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... Irving, TX (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 ... ... has tapped Dr. Bill Saye as the newest professional to introduce the latest ... Saye is highly recognized as a leading professional in Obstetrics and Gynecology and ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of ... enrolling and serving insurance consumers who do not have a bank account, which ... premiums. In “Health Plan Engagement Strategies: The ABCs of Serving Consumers Who Don’t ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... smoke-free communities, and the Florida Apartment Association (FAA) has partnered with the Florida ... communities meet the demand. , The FAA Smoke-Free Multifamily Housing Program launched ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... Just under ... would-be customers, eMarketing Concepts began a $1 promotion – effectively offering all of their ... success, and within weeks the company was flooded with phone calls from interested buyers. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2015)... Apheresis is an invasive process that involves ... other components from whole blood. In this procedure, the blood ... apheresis machine or a blood cell separator. The apheresis equipment ... blood components. A selected part of the blood is removed, ... the patient. It involves the use of devices and disposables ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... Corporation (NASDAQ: LMNX ) today announced that it expects ... 2015 on Monday, November 2, 2015. A press release announcing ... trading. --> --> ... highlights and financial results for the third quarter ended September ... time. . Simply log on to ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... 2015 This study focuses on China,s ... the two past decades, the industry has been growing at ... and rising consumer consumptions in China ... China is one of the world,s ... economies in the world, China is ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: