How accurate is our prediction of biopsy outcome? PCA3-based nomograms in personalized diagnosis of prostate cancer

Central European Journal of Urology 09/2012; 65(3):110-112. DOI: 10.5173/ceju.2012.03.art1
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The sensitivity and specificity of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) alone to select men for prostate biopsy remain suboptimal. This review aims at presenting a review of current prostate cancer (PCa) nomograms that incorporate Prostate Cancer Gene 3 (PCA3), which was designed to outperform PSA at predicting biopsy outcome.
The PubMed database and current literature search was conducted for reports on PCA3-based nomograms and tools for examining the risk of a positive prostate biopsy in a man without a known PCa diagnosis.
The introduction of PCA3 into clinical practice has led to the development of a set of PCA3-based nomograms to predict biopsy outcome. Combining PCA3 results with established PCa risk factors has produced significant improvements over PSA alone in predicting the risk of a positive prostate biopsy for cancer.

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    • "Postoperative specimens were assessed by one of two pathologists, which allows for an interobserver variability. In that time, we also did not use nomograms to predict IncPCa diagnosis and patients with previous negative TRUScoreBx did not have PCA3 test; both of which are considered to improve PCa diagnosis [19]. Finally, a small number of cases with IncPCa influenced the statistical results. "
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction In some patients submitted to transurethral resection of the prostatic (TURP) or prostatectomy (OAE) due to benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), pathological evaluations (PE) revealed coexistence of prostate cancer (PCa) and BPH. The aim of the study is to evaluate the incidence of PCa diagnosed incidentally in prostate specimens taken during BPH surgery, to assess the need of routine PE and to define the group of patients in whom PE could be abandoned without the risk of omitting clinically significant PCa. Material and methods 968 consecutive men were subjected to surgical treatment due to BPH in Jan. 2004–Sep. 2010. Results 823 (85%) underwent TURP and 145 (15%) OAE. Incidental (Inc) PCa was diagnosed in 34(3.5%) pts. T1a and T1b stages were determined in 19 (2%) and 15 (1.5%) cases. Preoperative prostate biopsy due to abnormal prostate specific antigen (PSA) or digital rectal exam (DRE) was performed in 85 (8.8%) pts. Of PCa pts, 7 (20.58%) had undergone a cancer negative biopsy preoperatively. In BPH pts, 78 (8.35%) had undergone a prostate biopsy previously (p <0.01). Univariate and logit regression analyses had not revealed any correlations between age, Pv, serum PSA and frequency of IncPCa. The difference in rate of PCa diagnosed in patients with PSAD ≥0.15 and <0.15 was 8 pts (14.04%) and 20 pts (4.05%), respectively (p <0.001). Gls in those pts was >6 only in 4 cases. Conclusions Despite the fact of low PCa detection rate observed in our study, this condition was clinically relevant in 15 (1.5%) subjects. It is difficult to establish any cut off values of pts’ age, Pv, serum PSA level suggestive of negligible risk for prostate cancer.
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    • "Prostate cancer (PCa) is one of the most commonly diagnosed neoplasms in elderly men. In Western Europe and the USA, it is the most frequent malignant neoplasm in men and accounts for 30% of all newly diagnoses cases [1, 2]. "
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