Navigation Links
PSA testing, combined with other relevant patient data can reduce unnecessary prostate biopsies
Date:12/8/2011

BOSTON Prostate cancer screening that combines an adjusted blood test with other factors including the size of the gland, the patient's overall weight and family history, can help up to one-quarter of men avoid biopsies and the risks associated with them, a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center-led research team says.

Writing in a study published online by the journal Cancer, the team led by Martin G. Sanda, MD, Director of the Prostate Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Professor of Urology at Harvard Medical School, suggests that instead of using "one-size-fits-all" levels of PSA to determine who should have a biopsy, considering other factors such as prostate size can substantially improve the ability of PSA testing to identify aggressive prostate cancers for which treatment is warranted, while avoiding detection of indolent cancers that are better undiagnosed because they do not require treatment.

A second study led by Sanda, and published online in the journal Urologic Oncology, suggests the presence or absence of genes commonly found in the urine of men, when combined with a PSA test, can also be used to determine whether a biopsy is necessary.

The new suggested approaches come as the United States Preventive Services Task Force expert panel concluded that current PSA-based prostate cancer screening saves few or no lives, but causes harm through treatment or further invasive testing such as biopsies.

That's because prostate cancers can vary in aggressiveness and more men die of other causes aside from that cancer and because the PSA test alone cannot determine how dangerous any particular cancer may be.

"The US Preventative Services Task Force threw the baby out with the bathwater by their blanket recommendation against prostate cancer screening," says Sanda, noting that PSA screening can instead be refined to more selectively identify only aggressive cancer for which treatment is indicated by adjusting PSA results for other considerations such as family history, obesity, and prostate size.

Results from the multi-center study that suggest that PSAD levels of less than 0.1 in contrast to the unadjusted level of between 2.5 and 4 can be a better benchmark of a potential cancer. The density, determined by a digital rectal exam, enables physicians to take into account other factors like benign prostatic hyperplasia, an enlargement of the gland that affects all men as they age.

Combining the PSAD with the digital exam, a look at the patient's family history and a body mass index of 25 of less the calculation used to define obesity would avoid biopsy in approximately one-quarter of biopsy-eligible men, the researchers found.

"Urological practice, patient outcome and cost-effectiveness of health care would each benefit from new targeted strategies, such as nomograms (a predictive tool) that improve prediction of aggressive cancers, to enable selective identification of candidate for prostate biopsy that would improve the yield of clinically significant, histologically aggressive cancers warranting subsequent definitive treatment," researchers wrote.

In a separate multicenter study published in Urologic Oncology, researchers said a test looking for two specific genetic biomarkers TMPRSS2:ERG and PCA3 taken after a digital rectal exam, could help limit biopsies to men who possess both genes and whose PSA readings range between 2 and 10, potentially sparing one-third of men from biopsies.

"Urine testing for prostate cancer is in its infancy," says Sanda, noting next steps are underway as a result of study funded by a $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health , that is evaluating new urine and blood test for prostate cancer in more 2,400 men over the next five years with a goal of improving upon the problems of over-diagnosis and over-treatment.

A focal point of the proposed work involves a community outreach effort led by BIDMC primary care physician J. Jacques Carter, MD, MPH, Medical Director of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Prostate Cancer Screening and Education Program and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. A key component of this study will be African-American men, who appear to develop prostate cancer more frequently, and who are at increased risk of dying from prostate cancer.


'/>"/>
Contact: Jerry Berger
jberger@bidmc.harvard.edu
617-667-7308
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Adults in Puerto Rico aware of genetic testing, but use remains low
2. Combined arterial imaging technology reveals both structural and metabolic details
3. Novel combined therapy extends life, diminishes pain in brain cancer patients
4. Ultrasound combined with pre-operative MRI is cost effective in evaluating rotator cuff tears
5. Combined imaging technologies may better identify cancerous breast lesions
6. Combined BRAF-targeted and immunotherapy shows promise for melanoma treatment
7. Vandetanib shows clinical benefit when combined with docetaxel for lung cancer
8. New Laser Technology Combined with Manual Physical Therapy Offer Pain Relief to Chronic Pain Sufferers
9. Singapore Performs Asia's First Combined Heart and Liver Transplant
10. Promega Maxwell 16 IVD System CE Marked to the European Union IVD Directive Delivers Combined Solution for Infectious Disease
11. ACCORD: Intensive BP, combined lipid therapies do not help adults with diabetes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Los Angeles-based weight loss surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.AC.S. will ... to Hot,” which will begin airing on February 24, 2017. The show chronicles the ... 2012 reality television series, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” The earlier series from TLC ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... On April 13, ... symposium on “Doping in Sport: How the Culture Might Change,” in ... LLP. The symposium will be held at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. , ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... ... that it will soon begin franchising throughout the U.S. starting this spring. Current ... bring the practice of meditation mainstream. Current Meditation will be the first meditation ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... February 23, 2017 , ... CALNOC, ... FACP, FACMPE, FACPE, will keynote their upcoming conference – Empowerment, Value and Collaboration – ... the chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle since 2000. ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... , ... Thomas Vas-Don suffered from severe injury due to an ... to successfully recover. In “ Origin & Insertion Charts for Massage Therapists ” (published ... of massage, anatomy , trigger points and referral pain patterns . , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... , Feb. 23, 2017  Cogentix Medical, Inc. ... and markets innovative proprietary products for the urology market, ... fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 before the market ... The Company will host a conference call and webcast ... Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... -- Nevro Corp. (NYSE: NVRO), a global medical device company ... chronic pain, today reported financial results for the three months ... 2016 Accomplishment & Highlights: Achieved revenue of ... 228% as reported, over the prior year U.S. ... over the prior year International revenue of ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... GUIYANG, China , 23. Februar 2017 ... Area , eine nationale Wirtschaftszone in der südwestlichen chinesischen Provinz ... Beschleunigung der Errichtung einer Innovationsplattform aktiv an der Entwicklung einer ... Continue Reading ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: