Prostate cancer patients have new hope


The latest advancement in prostate cancer detection is magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound fusion-guided biopsy, which offers benefits for both patient and physician.

The only place in the Southeast offering the MRI-US image fusion technique is at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Program for Personalized Prostate Cancer Care.

It is estimated that 2014 will see more than 240,000 new cases of prostate cancer, and more than 29,000 deaths from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Nix and Rais-Bahrami say this new technology offers a “targeted biopsy,” which refers to direct tissue sampling of suspicious areas seen on MRI as opposed to the traditional method of random, systematic sampling that is essentially performed “blindly” in different “ZIP code” regions of the prostate.

Studies of this new technique, Nix says, have shown that it increases the overall cancer detection rate, increases the high-risk cancer detection rate, and improves staging for patients who are considering active surveillance, which is when your doctor closely monitors your low-risk prostate cancer for any changes.

“This is the first major advancement in prostate cancer detection in more than 30 years, and it’s a significant improvement,” Nix said.

Source by : Science Daily News

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