Risk for infections after prostate biopsies still rising

In a new article in the Journal of Urology, researchers have found that the risk for post-biopsy infections within 30 days after a prostate biopsy is still rising — potentially because of the continuing increase in prevalence of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. … READ MORE …

Risk for infection(s) from fiducial marker placement

Most of us who have gone through any form of image-guided external beam radiotherapy have had TRUS-guided transrectal placement of gold fiducial markers or radio transponders placed in our prostates. Some who have had salvage radiation have had them placed in the prostate bed. … READ MORE …

Transrectal biopsy and the increasing risk for procedure-related infection

According to a paper presented at the recent meeting of the European Association of Urology in Madrid, Spain, there seems to be a significant and ongoing rise in the global risk for infections associated with prostate biopsy (and particularly with the transrectal prostate biopsy). … READ MORE …

HHV8 infection NOT associated with risk for prostate cancer

Over the years there have been many suggestions that prostate cancer may be “caused” by one or more viral or bacterial infections. … READ MORE …

Post-biopsy infections in Sweden: a national, 5-year assessment

The increasing incidence of infections associated with transrectal ultrasound (TRUS)-guided prostate biopsy is a topic we have touched on a number of times before. This has been clearly recorded in Canada and the USA and it now appears that the same trend can be well documented in Sweden too. … READ MORE …

Risks associated with serial biopsies for men on active surveillance protocols

In a paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association,  Ehdaie et al. have shown that, among men with prostate cancer being managed on active surveillance, the number of previous biopsies is associated with significant risk of infectious complications and every previous biopsy increases the risk an infectious complication. … READ MORE …

Infection rates starting to drive changes to processes, frequency of prostate biopsies?

A story posted yesterday on the Bloomberg News web site suggests that risk associated with severe infections caused by prostate biopsies may be starting to change how urologists carry out prostate biopsies, and even whether to do them in many cases. … READ MORE …