Howard Wolinsky dodges another MRI and another biopsy

Under the heading “Rats, my PSA went up. Do I need another bleeping biopsy?” Howard Wolinsky provides us with the latest “lowdown” on his 8-year-long prostate cancer journey on active surveillance. … READ MORE …

Can MRI data improve decision-making about the need for a biopsy?

Last week we noted that adding MRI data to the Partin tables and to the Kattan/MSKCC nomograms did not seem to improve the accuracy of prognosis of outcomes after radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …

Did you get an MRI scan as part of your clinical work-up for prostate cancer risk?

A report in the journal Urology (the so-called “Gold Journal”) from a team of researchers at Yale School of Medicine has shown that having a prostate MRI as part of the work-up for a patient initially diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer roughly doubled the chance that such a patient was initially managed on “observation”. … READ MORE …

Biparametric vs. multiparametric MRI scanning in diagnosis of prostate cancer

We have recently started to see  a flurry of publications of papers suggesting that biparametric MRI (bpMRI) scans may be “better” — or at least more cost-effective — than multiparametric MRI (mpMRI) scans in the diagnosis of localized forms of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

MRI-guided biopsy in the diagnosis of prostate cancer (again)

The results of the so-called PRECISION trial were just published in the New England Journal of Medicine this morning. … READ MORE …

Using MRI-guided biopsies to diagnose prostate cancer with high accuracy

Many prostate cancer patients — and particularly those who don’t like the idea of prostate biopsies — think that if one uses MRI-guided biopsies alone one might only need to have one or two biopsy cores taken to accurately diagnose prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

MRI-targeted biopsies: better than standard biopsies for at least some patients

A new article in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine has just reported the full results of the so-called PRECISION trial of MRI-targeted vs. standard biopsy techniques in the diagnosis of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …