How to select the best candidates for prostate biopsies? The role of traditional tools and contribution of new biomarkers in prostate cancer - Abstract

Service d'Urologie Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Groupe Hospitalo-Universitaire Est, Faculté de médecine Pierre et Marie Curie, Université Paris VI, Paris, France.


In 2010, early detection of prostate cancer continues to rely on digital rectal examination and serum total PSA. However, selecting patients for prostate biopsy requires taking into account the prostate volume and the evolution of PSA over time. PSA derivatives such as PSA density, PSA velocity and the ratio free PSA / total PSA are useful supplements. However, the choice of the threshold value is not well defined and depends on the relative sensitivity and specificity desired. The real innovations come from basic research that has found potential markers of aggressiveness of prostate cancer and molecular biology tools used routinely as the PCA-3 score and the pro-PSA. The role of these new markers for diagnosis and prognosis of prostate cancer remains unclear.

Article in French.

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Audenet F, Rouprêt M, Perrin P, de La Taille A.   Are you the author?

Reference: Prog Urol. 2011 May;21 Suppl 3:S88-92.
doi: 10.1016/S1166-7087(11)70020-3

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 21616446 Prostate Cancer Section