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Understanding the risk-based approach to prostate biopsy

Posted Mar 02 2011 12:00am


There is an interesting interview with Dr. Chris Parker of the Marsden Hospital in the UK on the OncologySTAT web site this week. To be able to read this interview in full, you do have to be a registered member of the OncologySTAT web site, but there is no charge for this membership

The interview focuses on how use of the risk-based approach to prostate biopsy may be able to better identify those men who really do need a biopsy from those who do not. Dr. Parker does a nice job of explaining evolution in thinking about who should get a biopsy and why. He also addresses why giving all the biopsies we currently do give is a problem for individual patients and for the health care system.

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