Scientists suggest that men with prostate cancer should be made to undergo high-tech scans to help them avoid needless treatment and live a long life. The present scans can risk missing cancer cells which then spread to other parts of the body. This leads to them getting radiotherapy and other treatment options because doctors don’t know if they have contained the tumor or not. Modern PET and MRI scans should be utilized frequently to assess the spread of cancer early.
A new assessment concluded that the sophisticated scans could be used by physicians to single out men with prostate cancer that has not spread very far and provide them a chance for a cure.
During the assessment:
- Evidence proved that modern imaging techniques such as MRI and PET surpassed standard CT scans at highlighting cancer that has spread to a few sites from those that had widely spread.
- The modern scans can provide precision treatment for the specific sites and increase men’s chance of survival. This will also spare them the treatment side effects that may affect the entire body.
The benefits of the high-tech scans include:
- Better treatment options – The modernly sophisticated scans offer detailed information about cancer tumors. They detect them by their activities such as high cell growth rate, the presence of receptors on the cancer cells, and how they burn energy. This would improve the chances of isolating patients with limited cancer spread from those with advanced disease with no hope for a cure.
Clinical trials are underway to establish the value of advanced scanning technology and how they can be used to inform and adapt treatment plans for men with prostate cancer that is limited to certain sites. They are looking to determine if they can help to extend the survival time of the patients without the cancer recurring.
Modern imaging technologies have proven to be accurate and provide detailed information that will diagnose, monitor and treat patients effectively.