Are you an “Illustrated Man”?

Heavily tattooed men with prostate cancer should be aware that there is a low risk — and probably only a very low risk indeed — that tattoo ink can migrate to the pelvic lymph nodes leading to misdiagnosis of node-positive prostate cancer when such patients are given PET/CT scans.

This type of effect in tattooed patients has now been identified in patients with cervical cancer, breast cancer, melanoma, testicular seminoma, and vulvar squamous cell carcinoma. It has not yet been observed in a man with prostate cancer, but the use of PET/CT scanning is increasing in the management of prostate cancer.

For a more detailed discussion of this issue, see this recent report on the Medscape Oncology web site and the original paper by Grove et al. in Obsetrics & Gynecology.

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