Prediction of potentially lethal forms of prostate cancer

An international, multi-institutional group of researchers appears to have been able to validate a new way to predict risk for aggressive forms of localized prostate cancer that have a high probability for progression to metastatic disease and prostate cancer-specific mortality. … READ MORE …

Understanding new tests for risk of clinically significant prostate cancer

Over the next few years we are going to see the development and marketing of a plethora of new tests related to the diagnosis and prognosis of prostate cancer. Some of these tests may have high utility and value. Others are likely to have a much lower value (but still see high use). As an example, let’s look at the (relatively new) Confirm MDx for Prostate Cancer test. … READ MORE …

DNA methylation and the aggressiveness of prostate cancer

According to a media release from the Mayo Clinic earlier today, “Alterations to the ‘on-off’ switches of genes occur early in the development of prostate cancer and could be used as biomarkers to detect the disease months or even years earlier than current approaches.” … READ MORE …