One in Four Men with Suspected Prostate Cancer Could Avoid Unnecessary Biopsy If Given an MRI Scan First

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“Giving men with suspected prostate cancer an MRI scan could improve diagnosis and save those who do not have aggressive cancers from having an unnecessary biopsy, according to a study published in The Lancet.

“The study estimates that adding the extra test could help one in four (27%) men avoid an unnecessary biopsy and reduce the number of men who are over-diagnosed – diagnosed with a cancer that does not go on to cause any harm during their lifetime – by 5%.”

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Plasma vs Tissue Genotyping and Outcomes With Osimertinib in Advanced Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer

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“Patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) positive for the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor T790M resistance mutation on a plasma assay had similar outcomes with the EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor osimertinib (Tagrisso) as did those who were positive on tissue genotyping, according to a study reported by Oxnard et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The findings suggest that a validated plasma assay may allow some patients to avoid tumor biopsy for detection of the mutation.”

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Urine Test Improves Prediction of High-Grade Prostate Cancer

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“An experimental urine test that detects genetic changes associated with prostate cancer identified 92 percent of men with elevated PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels who had high-grade cancers, according to a study published today in JAMA Oncology online.

“ ‘The test has the potential to be a significant improvement over PSA alone in distinguishing between low- and high-grade prostate cancer, especially in the PSA gray zone patient. It could reduce hundreds of thousands of invasive biopsies each year. Given the pain and risks associated with performing a prostate biopsy, that’s not a trivial thing,’ said first author James McKiernan, MD, the John K. Lattimer Professor and chair of urology at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and urologist-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. In addition, the test is the only urine-based assay that does not require a digital rectal exam prior to collection and is easily integrated in the clinic environment.”

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Study Confirms 4Kscore Accurately Predicts High-Grade Prostate Cancer

“A blood test called the 4Kscore results in accurate detection of high-grade prostate cancer. In a prospective study of 1,012 men, this test more accurately predicted the presence of high-grade disease compared with a commonly used risk calculator in men with elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.

“The results from this study (Abstract 1) were presented by Sanoj Punnen, MD, a urologic oncologist at the University of Miami in Florida at the 2015 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium.

“In this study, men scheduled for a prostate biopsy were enrolled, regardless of their PSA level or clinical findings, at 26 centers across the United States between October 2013 and April 2014. A total of 231 (23%) high-grade prostate cancers were detected. The 4Kscore showed a higher net benefit in comparison with the PCPTRC at all threshold possibilities for high-grade disease used in clinical practice.

“The test is able to detect aggressive prostate cancer with high accuracy, Punnen told Cancer Network. ‘The area under the curve is better than any other biomarker in this area. There was a significant reduction in biopsies that could be attained if we used this test,’ he said.

“The goal of the 4Kscore is to reduce unnecessary biopsies, as the vast majority of biopsies show either no cancer or a low-grade tumor. These biopsies result in high medical costs, as well as morbidities for the patient.”


Urine Test for PCA3 Helps Patients Avoid Unnecessary Prostate Biopsies

“In a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Wei et al found that use of urinary prostate cancer antigen 3 (PCA3) measurement could improve avoidance of repeat prostate biopsy and detection of prostate cancer in biopsy-naive patients.

“This National Cancer Institute study involved 859 men (mean age, 62 years) from 11 centers scheduled for diagnostic prostate biopsy between December 2009 and June 2011.

“PCA3 scores were reported as a ratio of urinary PCA3 mRNA to prostate-specific antigen mRNA. Among men presenting for initial prostate biopsy, PCA score > 60 had a sensitivity of 42%, specificity of 91%, and positive predictive value of 80% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 72%–86%) for detection of any cancer. Among men presenting for repeat biopsy, PCA score < 20 had negative predictive value of 88% (95% CI = 81%–93%), with sensitivity and specificity of 76% and 52% for absence of cancer…

“The investigators concluded: ‘These data independently support the role of PCA3 in reducing the burden of prostate biopsies among men undergoing a repeat prostate biopsy. For biopsy-naive patients, a high PCA3 score (>60) significantly increases the probability that an initial prostate biopsy will identify cancer.’ “