Gallium-68 PET/CT scans prior to first-line treatment of some men with prostate cancer

A newly-reported set of data from an Australian clinical research team has now shown that 68Ga PSMA PET/CT scans changed the staging and the management of men after initial diagnosis and prior to first-line treatment compared to traditional CT and bone scanning. … READ MORE …

Unnecessary imaging studies … it’s on the docs!

Here in the USA, about half the patients diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer are still (apparently) being sent for “guideline-discordant” (i.e., unnecessary) bone scans and CT scans, … READ MORE …

Can PSMA PET scans replace the need for bone and CT scans?

A new review article suggests the possibility that radiolabeled prostate specific membrane antigens (PSMAs) and PET scans may, at some point in the not too distant future, replace bone and CT scans in diagnosis and monitoring of men with advanced forms of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

The role of CT scanning in assessment of progression of men with CRPC

A newly published paper in the journal Cancer seems to be implying that every man with castration-resistant prostate cancer who progresses from non-metastatic to metastatic status (based on a bone scan or other indicators) should also be given a CT scan because of risk for soft tissue metastasis. … READ MORE … >

> 40 percent of low-risk prostate cancer patients were getting inappropriate imaging tests

A new paper in JAMA Oncology has shown that between 2004 and 2007 nearly 45 percent of men initially diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer were receiving unnecessary bone scans and CT scans in some regions of the USA. … READ MORE …

Use of imaging tests in low-risk prostate cancer — striking the right balance

An article published a couple of weeks ago in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute looks at the effects of a physician education campaign in Sweden to reduce the inappropriate use of bone scans and other imaging tests among men with an initial diagnosis of low-risk prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Saturday, June 20, 2009

Today’s news reports cover just two recent review articles, on:

  • Current indications for repeat biopsy
  • MRI, CT, and PET scanning in prostate cancer patients with biochemical progression after first line therapy … READ MORE …