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New scan to boost private medical cover treatment of prostate cancer?

Published on 20/12/2010
A new body scan could help private medical cover providers improve their treatment of prostate cancer.

Using an advanced type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) doctors could detect when men with prostate cancer undergoing 'active surveillance' are in need of treatment.

Men are given the option of undergoing active surveillance if they are diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer, whereby the stage of their cancer is closely monitored allowing them to only undergo therapy if the cancer starts to grow quickly.

Currently this can only be done using an invasive biopsy procedure which can also be inaccurate.

Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden Hospital tested the technique, called diffusion-weighted MRI, in a 50-patient trial.

"Diffusion-weighted MRI has a lot of potential for monitoring patients under active surveillance, as the scans clearly showed which men's cancers were progressing," said study leader Professor Nandita deSouza.

"If the technique continues to show promise in larger-scale studies, it could one day save men under active surveillance from the discomfort and potential complications of regular biopsies."

It follows the recent announcement that the UK National Screening Committee has recommended against a UK screening program for prostate cancer as current testing methods can lead to over diagnosis. 
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