Health Watch - Father's Day: Cancer Recurrence

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about health issues that affect the men in our lives. Previously, we discussed how important it is for men to know their family history of prostate cancer. But there are other factors that determine how severe the cancer will be or whether cancer will come back after treatment.

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center developed a blood test that can help doctors predict which men are most likely to have prostate cancer reoccur or which smaller cancers are most likely to spread. Dr. Claus Roehrborn, chairman of urology at UT Southwestern, says that being able to identify the patients most at risk will allow doctors to offer additional treatment to those patients and increase the chance for a permanent cure. The test looks at a series of markers found in the blood that indicate the likelihood of cancer returning with a better than 86 percent accuracy. Current methods have about a 70 percent accuracy rate.

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June 2011

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