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Health Headlines - February 24 by Meredy Registered NurseHealth Maven Posted Thu 23 Oct 2008 2:23pm Tests May Spot Most Deadly Prostate Cancers Physicians may soon be able to identify which men have a more deadly form of prostate cancer, U.S. researchers report. More than one million prostate biopsies are performed each year, note a team from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Of these, only 25 percent test positive for cancer, ... Read on »
Prostate Biopsy Can Cause Urinary, Erectile Problems by Medline Plus Posted Mon 30 Aug 2010 11:20am Monday, August 30, 2010    By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Biopsies taken to diagnose prostate cancer commonly cause temporary erectile dysfunction and, in some cases, lingering urinary problems, according to a new study. The find ... Read on »
Multi-gene profiling can lower need for prostate biopsies, but … by Dr. Arnon Krongrad Medical Doctor Posted Mon 07 Mar 2011 12:00am One of the problems with the PSA test is that it identifies a possible risk for prostate cancer in many men each year who are subsequently shown by prostate biopsy to be at no risk for the actual clinical condition. A new study from a research team at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has explored whether risk profiles based ... Read on »
New Palmetto GBA Prostate Billing Guideline: A Foretelling of Healthcare’s Future? by Bruce Friedman Patient Expert Posted Mon 27 Aug 2012 12:00am This is a guest blog note by Joe Plandowski ( In Office Pathology; IO P) who often writes about reimbursement issues in surgical pathology. --BAF Grannie over the cliff? Maybe, but she will have to wait for her turn because pathologists are going first! They are being pushed by Palmetto GBA , a subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield ... Read on »
Prostate biopsy: how it's done and what's involved by Dr. Arnon Krongrad Medical Doctor Posted Wed 17 Sep 2008 1:40am Introduction A biopsy of the prostate is a surgical procedure in which (usually) several small sections of prostate tissue are removed from the prostate for microscopic examination. A biopsy will often be recommended if a digital rectal examination (DRE) reveals a lump or some other abnormality in the prostate. It may also be recommended if ... Read on »
Testing a "Smarter" Biopsy for Prostate Cancer by Posted Mon 18 Oct 2010 9:00pm This is the third article in a series of stories about new technology for cancer diagnosis or treatment. View a list of articles in this series. Testing a “Smarter” Biopsy for Prostate Cancer During an image-guided prostate biopsy, Dr. ... Read on »
New technology for prostate biopsies by Katherine B. Patient Expert Posted Thu 15 Jan 2009 7:54pm While this is for prostate cancer it seems that the technology could be useful across the board. We’ll just have to wait and see. A new imaging device, ei•Nav/Artemis TM, now officially cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), offers urologists breakthrough technology that will significantly help in the fight agains ... Read on »
Follow-up after finding of “atypia” on initial prostate biopsy by Dr. Arnon Krongrad Medical Doctor Posted Mon 14 Mar 2011 12:00am It has long been understood that a finding of “atypia” ( atypical small acinar proliferation ) on an initial biopsy of the prostate is associated with an increased risk for prostate cancer, and a repeat biopsy is normally recommended for any patient with an initial finding of atypia. A recent paper by Kopp et al. reports on an ... Read on »
Does prostate biopsy come with a mortality risk? by Dr. Arnon Krongrad Medical Doctor Posted Mon 29 Sep 2008 4:46pm The “New” Prostate Can InfoLink does not believe that recently published data necessarily implies that prostate biopsy is associated with increased risk of death at 120 days. However, the data presented in a paper just published does suggest that a careful analysis of this risk may be important. The transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy re ... Read on »
PSA tests, prostate biopsies, and the power of circular thinking by Dr. Arnon Krongrad Medical Doctor Posted Fri 12 Nov 2010 12:00am The sensitivity of the PSA test as an indicator of the presence of prostate cancer is known to be about 80 to 90 percent. In lay terms, what this means is that 80 to 90  percent of men who actually have prostate cancer cells in their prostate will have an elevated PSA level compared to men who show no sign of prostate cancer after ha ... Read on »