Study brings new thoughts to prostate cancer biopsies

November 27, 2017 07:09 PM

There are new thoughts on how often biopsies are needed in a man with slow growing prostate cancer.

This comes out of a study at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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It followed more than 2,500 men who chose the "watch and wait" approach for treating low risk prostate cancer. Some had annual biopsies. Others had one every other year.

Researchers found the risk of the cancer worsening was no different for those who had less frequent biopsies.

The findings support the guidelines of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

The study is published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.


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