What is the main reason why good biomarkers are really needed for diagnosing prostate cancer?

Prof. Nicolaas Lumen

(28 June 2017)


Currently, the gold standards in prostate cancer diagnosis are a PSA test and a digital rectal examination (DRE). Because of the low performance of these diagnostic methods, a lot of patients will undergo an unnecessary prostate biopsy. The result: a lot of insignificant prostate cancer that should never be found.

We need a biomarker test to avoid unnecessary biopsies, to avoid overdiagnosis, and to avoid overtreatment

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Prof. Nicolaas Lumen
Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium

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