Could “single cell genomics” replace Gleason grading in prostate cancer risk evaluation?

According to a study just published in Cancer Research, a completely new technique referred to as “single cell genomics” may be able to improve the accuracy of diagnosis of prostate cancer based on biopsy tissue. … READ MORE …

MRI data and genomic data are telling us different things about prostate cancer risk

A new paper just published on line in the journal PLoS One is entitled, “Association between a 17-gene genomic prostate score and a multi-parametric prostate MRI in men with low and intermediate risk prostate cancer (PCa)”. … READ MORE …

Informed patient counseling and the effect on PSA testing

We know that a family history of prostate cancer and the presence of certain genetic/genomic markers are associated with increased risk for prostate cancer in general and for some types of clinically significant prostate cancer in particular. … READ MORE …

mpMRIs vs. biopsies for repeat evaluations on active surveillance

A question on the minds of many prostate cancer researchers and clinicians (not to mention their patients) is if and when we may be able to replace repeat systematic prostate biopsies for patients on active surveillance (or seeking to start on active surveillance) with the significantly less invasive multiparametric MRIs (mpMRIs). … READ MORE …

Low PSA + Gleason 8 to 10 disease predictive of higher risk, worse survival

It has been hypothesized for some time that men diagnosed with a low PSA level (i.e., < 4.0 ng/ml) but a high Gleason score (of 8, 9, or 10) are at elevated risk for more advanced disease and a shorter survival time than some others. … READ MORE …

Low PSA, high Gleason score at diagnosis predicts very high risk

There have long been suggestions that men with high-risk disease who initially present with relatively low PSA levels (< 2.5 ng/ml) may be at higher than average risk for prostate cancer-specific mortality than men with higher PSA levels at diagnosis. … READ MORE …

If you have positive surgical margins post-surgery, you need to …

… know the Gleason score of the tissue at that positive surgical margin as well as and as opposed to just the Gleason score of the primary tumor. It makes a difference to your risk for biochemical recurrence. Your doctors need to know this information too! … READ MORE …