• Has anyone ever heard of a urine test that can detect prostate cancer?

    Asked by HotRodTodd on Monday, December 2, 2019

    Has anyone ever heard of a urine test that can detect prostate cancer?

    Scientists have developed a novel urine test kit that can help detect prostate cancer risk at home. The test diagnoses aggressive prostate cancer and predicts whether patients will require treatment up to five years earlier than standard clinical methods.

    The 'PUR' (Prostate Urine Risk) test could be performed on samples collected at home, so men don't have to come into the clinic to provide a urine sample or have to undergo an uncomfortable rectal examination, according to researchers from the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
    here is an article about it. https://fit.thequint.com/cancer/home-urine-test-kit-can-accurately-spot-prostate-cancer-risk

    2 Answers from the Community

    • fusilier's Avatar
      fusilier

      Well, a PubMed search found a few recent papers, with Dr. Clark as one of the authors. For example:JCO Precis Oncol.[phone number redacted]. doi: 10.1200/PO.18.00134. Epub 2019 Jan 14.

      Conclusion:

      epiCaPture is a urine DNA methylation test for high-risk PCa. Its tumor specificity out-performs that of prostate-specific antigen (greater than 3 ng/mL). Used as an adjunct to prostate-specific antigen, epiCaPture could aid patient stratification to determine need for biopsy.

      Note the phrase "Used as an adjunct to prostate-specific antigen...."

      It would seem that this is NOT any sort of screening tool, but more of an aid to diagnosis.

      Sorry, HRT, sorry.

      fusilier

      James 2:24

      Oh, by the way, a doi is the equivalent of a URL. Just type or cut/paste the numbers into your browser search window and you should go straight to the site.

      3 days ago
    • fusilier's Avatar
      fusilier

      Whoopsie, I forgot, you also have to include "doi:"

      mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa

      fusilier

      James 2:24

      3 days ago

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