Premier Healthcare Germany can provide patients access to a world known famous expert and research center in diagnostics of prostate cancer. The centre uses new MRI techniques to diagnose prostate cancer. Knowing the exact location and size of the tumor improves the treatment after diagnostics. The optimal treatment choice can be made better, because the spread, localization and aggressivity of the tumor are known.
One in six men will develop prostate cancer at some time in their life. The consequences of prostate cancer can be severe. A high level of certain antigens known as PSA could be a sign of prostate cancer. If a doctor detects high levels of PSAs in a patient's blood, they may advise further testing.
In most cases, a high PSA value is not a sign of cancer, but an inflammation or a benign tumor. Early accurate detection and treatment improves the patient's chance of survival and lowers the possibility of severe side effects of prostate cancer treatments.
MRI screening of prostate cancer
The center uses advanced MRI techniques. The new MRI technique, which is not widely used, can quickly confirm or dismiss a suspicion of prostate cancer as well as accurately determine the aggressiveness and spread of the disease.
If prostate cance is diagnosed, the next step is to take a biopsie. With a so-called MR-guided biopsie, a tissue sample from the most aggressive part of the tumour is removed for histoligic examiniation. The biopsy is performed while the patient is in the MRI scanner or using the MRI images in combination with an Echo.
MRI guided biopsies are far more accurate compared to many current diagnostics and the diagnostic procedure is less painfull. Rectal examinations are unpleasant for the patient and above all, a high percentage of cancers cannot be felt. Ultrasound biopsies are very burdensome and painful for the patient. Conventional MRI is a two-dimensional image made in black and white. The image does not provide an accurate location of the tumor and does not show metastasis. Moreover, it cannot show if the tumor is benign or malignant. The hospital report an accuracy of above 95%!
Diagnostic and treatment plan within 48 hours
After the MRI diagnostics, the patient can return home with an answer. The scan reveals if prostate cancer is present or not. If it is present, the nature and location of the cancer and possible metastasis are visible right away. The outcome of MRI-guided biopsy gives a better input for the medical doctor in order to decide on the most optimal treatment plan.
The video below shows a presentation by the professor who advocates this new technique of prostate cancer detection.
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