Who really needs to be given a prostate biopsy?

A newly published article in Reviews in Urology argues that, on economic grounds alone, the majority of patients thought to be at risk for prostate cancer should have a 4KScore test prior to them being given a biopsy since this test can rule out the need for biopsies with a high degree of accuracy. … READ MORE …

PSA density vs. PSA level and the prediction of prostate cancer risk

A newly published study in the journal Urology (the “Gold Journal”) has suggested that — at least for patients with a PSA level between 4 and 10 ng/ml — PSA density may be better than PSA level in the determination of which of these patients need to go on to have a biopsy. … READ MORE …

How primary care physicians could better help prostate cancer patients

A newly published article on the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine offers some helpful guidance to primary care  physicians on the subject of prostate cancer diagnosis and its management. … READ MORE …

Nearer to a simple, cost-effective blood test for diagnosis of cancer(s)?

According to a report on the Reuters web site this morning, an Indian company called Strand Life Sciences that is based in Bengaluru (Bangalore) has just launched (in India) a simple blood test that may be usable to diagnose a whole spectrum of different types of cancer. … READ MORE …

Getting closer to diagnosing prostate cancer “by a sniff test”

Yet another research group is presenting data this week (at a meeting of the American Chemical Society) on the potential to identify risk for prostate cancer based on smell. … READ MORE ….

Finding common ground on how “best” to treat localized prostate cancer, and what to tell the patients

One of the hardest issues for newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients to deal with has long been the differences in opinion between physicians about appropriate first-line treatment (and the relevant information they are offered) — most especially for patients with localized disease. … READ MORE …

MRI as a means of screening for prostate cancer? Probably not!

A report on the HealthDay web site related to a presentation about the role of MRI scanning in the diagnosis of localized prostate cancer seems to demonstrate a significant division of views about the value of standardized use of mpMRI in the diagnosis of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …