Men with suspected prostate cancer often undergo a biopsy to
remove and examine tissue in an attempt to establish whether
disease is present. We comment on early
data released by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical
Medicine and University College London which explores whether
diagnosis is more accurate if patients undergo an MRI scan first.
The MRI would examine the area, with the findings mapped via
ultrasound, which could mean that tissues can be taken from
precisely where a tumor is suspected.
Dr Kate Holmes, Head of Research at
Prostate Cancer UK said: "Current methods for diagnosing prostate
cancer can involve men receiving unnecessary biopsies, which carry
a risk of infection. This early data suggests that giving men an
MRI scan before a biopsy may put clinicians in a better position to
tailor investigations and treatments further down the line. However
further research is necessary before we will know the true value of
this method and if it can lead to more successful outcomes and
improved quality of life for men in the future."