The Partin tables and how to use them

The original Partin tables were developed by Alan Partin, MD, PhD (see right) and colleagues at the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins in 1993 based on the thousands of “nerve-sparing” radical retropubic postatectomies carried out by Patrick Walsh. At various times since then, the tables have been upgraded to offer a tool for prostate cancer patients (and their doctors) that can be used to estimate their potential pathological stage (post-surgery) based on their clinical stage, PSA, and Gleason score (pre-surgery).

Just click here to watch a brief video presentation
about using the Partin tables to estimate your prostate cancer tumor stage.

The most recent update to the Partin tables are based on data from 5,629 patients treated between January 1, 2006 and July 30, 2011, using preoperative PSA, clinical stage, and Gleason score to estimate the probability of various possible pathologic stages at the time of radical prostatectomy.

Full details about the derivation of the Partin tables, together with a “plug and play” calculator are provided on the Johns Hopkins web site. If you want to use the calculator, all you need to do is enter your clinical stage, your PSA level, and your Gleason score. Alternatively you can look at the data in the full tables provided.

At least for North American patients (see below), the Partin tables can be used in conjunction with the Kattan nomograms and the Han tables to get a very good idea of the probabilities of certain types of outcome after surgery compared to one’s available diagnostic information available before surgery.

Note: Data published in late 2008 suggest that the accuracy of the prior (2007) version of the Partin tables for non-North American patients may be questionable. Patients should be aware that the data on which the Partin data were developed were all from North American patients. The likelihood of certain post-surgical findings in patients from other countries may not be accurately predictable using the Partin tables.

Content on this page last reviewed and updated January 4, 2012.
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