Monday, September 24, 2012

MRI helps identify patients with prostate cancer who may benefit from active surveillance

In the quest to prevent prostate cancer overtreatment, "active surveillance" has emerged as a plausible option, encouraged for men whose tumors may not need immediate treatment and may never progress to more serious illness. A group of investigators from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center report that adding endorectal magnetic resonance imaging to the initial clinical evaluation of men with clinically low prostate cancer risk helps assess eligibility for active surveillance. Their results are published in The Journal of Urology.

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