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Biomarkers to Improve Prostate Cancer Screening

American Urological Association
Posted on: 18 May 15

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NEW ORLEANS May 18 2015

NEW ORLEANS May 18 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five new studies evaluating the use of imaging and urine-based biomarkers as ways to improve prostate cancer detection will be presented during the 110th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA). The research will be highlighted by study authors during a special press conference. Scott Eggener MD AUA spokesperson and associate professor of surgery for Urologic Oncology at the University of Chicago Medicine Chicago IL will moderate the session at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans LA on May 18 2015 at 8 a.m. CT.

The five studies examine several ways to diagnose or risk-stratify prostate cancer in patients through Multi-Parametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging (mpMRI) or urine testing by:

  • Diagnosing clinically meaningful higher-grade cancers with fewer biopsies
  • Using gene detection in combination with risk scores to better detect prostate cancer compared to standard screening
  • Utilizing strategies to minimize the number of men requiring biopsy
  • Using multi-parametric MRI to distinguish between clinically significant and insignificant cancers
  • Minimizing the need for biopsies by analyzing genes in the urine

Study Details
Publication Number: MP1-03

Validated Urine-Based Multigene Signature for Detection of Aggressive Prostate Cancer: Examining multi-gene signatures in urine samples obtained following a digital rectal examination (DRE) may help distinguish indolent cancer from aggressive disease according to new research out of Canada. Using post-DRE urine samples from a total of 764 men (261 men in the discovery arm and 503 men in the validation arm) with an elevated PSA researchers identified genes associated with aggressive cancers. A Prostate Cancer Panel (PCP) Risk Score was developed using the discovery arm and validated with the second group. Prostate cancer was identified in 42 percent of the discovery arm and 49 percent of the validation arm. After controlling for established risk factors (age abnormal DRE or prior biopsy history) researchers found the PCP Risk Score was independently associated with the detection of high-grade cancer at biopsy. Men with a PCP Risk Score greater than 60 had a 74 percent risk of high-grade prostate cancer. Men with a score less than 20 had only a 7 percent risk of high-grade disease.

Study Details
Publication Number: MP16-20

MR-US Fusion Biopsy to Diagnose Prostate Cancer: First 1000 Men at UCLA: Evaluating the first 1000 men who underwent mpMRI and MR-ultrasound (MR-US) fusion prostate biopsy between 2009 – 2014 researchers at University of California Los Angeles CA found that among those who had MR-US an increased risk of finding prostate cancer was directly related to age MRI findings PSA and PSA density. The most powerful predictor was the MRI as high risk prostate cancer was found in most men with highly suspicious (grade 5) MRI lesions. Both mapping and targeted biopsy were required for maximum detection of high grade prostate cancers.

Study Details
Publication Number: PD32-02

Comparison of MRI-US Fusion Targeted Biopsy and Systematic Prostate Biopsy: Single Institution Experience in 604 Patients: MRI fusion targeted biopsy (MRF-TB) detects more high-grade prostate cancer (Gleason greater than or equal to 7) and less Gleason six cancers than a systematic 12-core biopsyaccording to new research from New York University (NYU) and New York Hospital Queens NY. Researchers identified 604 men undergoing mpMRI prior to prostate biopsy since June 2012 to evaluate the potential of MRF-TB to discriminate between clinically significant and insignificant prostate cancer. MRF-TB detected more Gleason greater than or equal to 7 cancers and fewer Gleason 6 tumors suggesting this biopsy technique may be more effective in helping to reduce over-detection of lower risk tumors.

Study Details
Publication Number: PIII-03

Combining Urine PCA3 and TMPRSS2:ERG Tests to Refine Prostate Cancer Detection – Validation Study and Health Economic Analysis: When used together two urine assays may effectively identify men with high-risk prostate cancer thereby minimizing unnecessary biopsy in men between 55 and 64 with lower-risk disease. TMPRSS2:ERG and PCA3 tests were combined in this study from researchers at Emory University Atlanta GA; MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston TX; University of Michigan Ann Arbor MI; Weill-Cornell University New York NY; Gen-Probe Incorporated San Diego CA; Johns Hopkins Baltimore MD; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston MA; Hofstra North Shore Manhasset NY; Cancer Biomarkers Research Group Bethesda MD; and University of Texas San Antonio TX. Findings demonstrated that when used together TMPRSS2:ERG and PCA3 can avoid unnecessary biopsies in nearly half (49 percent) of the men while also having an improved specificity in identifying aggressive prostate cancer while simultaneously reducing cost. These data suggest the tests can be used together to more accurately select men who should undergo biopsy.

Study Details
Publication Number: MP60-11

Should a Normal Multi-Parametric MRI Preclude Prostate Biopsy? According to researchers at University of California Los Angeles CA men with an elevated PSA level should consider a prostate biopsy even if a mpMRI appears normal.mpMRI is utilized to provide detailed anatomical and functional information so patients and urologists can make the most informed decision regarding prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. mpMRI is the best modality for imaging localized prostate cancer but does not have 100% accuracy and therefore can still miss clinically meaningful cancers.

Examining data from 244 men who underwent mpMRI and ultrasound-guided biopsy between 2009-2014 researchers found:

  • mpMRI failed to identify 16 percent of men with high grade cancer (Gleason score greater than or equal to 7).
  • Forty-seven percent of patients with no "region of interest" on mpMRI were found to have a Gleason score equal to or greater than six on their biopsies; this was more likely among patients with smaller prostates and prior positive biopsies.

MRI is an important tool for detecting the presence of prostate cancer and targeting prostate biopsies.However this data suggests a normal mpMRI may still miss high-grade cancers. A biopsy should still be considered for patients with an elevated PSA suspicious for prostate cancer even in the setting of a normal MRI.

"These studies collectively call attention to the new and innovative ways of diagnosing prostate cancer through MRI or urine testing" said Dr. Eggener. "By improving detection of potentially aggressive cancers we reduce the number of men needing biopsies and drastically change the way prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated; however work remains to make these techniques accessible reproducible and cost-effective."

About the American Urological Association: The 110th Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association takes place May 15-19 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans LA.

Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore Maryland the American Urological Association is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology and has more than 21000 members worldwide. The AUA is a premier urologic association providing invaluable support to the urologic community as it pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care through education research and the formulation of health policy.

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Last updated on: 18/05/2015

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