Prostate Cancer Tests Underestimate Tumor Severity

the MPR take:

A study in the British Journal of Cancer reports that testing severely underestimated the aggressiveness of tumors in patients with prostate cancer. Data from 847 patients treated with radical prostatectomy from July 2007–October 2011 was collected before and after surgery. About 50% of the men who were initially told their cancer was slow-growing were found to have a more aggressive form of the disease post-surgery, with one-third of them also having cancer spread beyond the prostate. Study author Greg Shaw states that a template biopsy should be included with the usual prostate biopsy, along with MRI scans. 

Prostate Cancer Tests Underestimate Tumor Severity
Prostate Cancer Tests Underestimate Tumor Severity
Prostate cancer tests, which predict how aggressive a tumour is, underestimate disease severity in half of cases, scientists say. Study author Greg Shaw, a urological surgeon at the University of Cambridge, said there were a "surprising" number of men who were not diagnosed appropriately the ...

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