Prostate Cancer: Latest diagnoses techniques and treatments

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time to look at one of the more confusing types of cancer for patients to sort through, with recent changes to screening guidelines and a variety of different treatment options to consider.

Dr. Ramdev Konijeti, a urologist with Scripps Clinic, joined Carlos Amezcua in studio to talk about the latest in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the third-most prevalent form of cancer in the United States, with more than 164,000 new cases expected to be diagnosed in 2018. It is also the No. 6 cause of cancer-related death in the U.S with approximately 30,000 deaths estimated in 2018., according to the American Cancer Society.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force updated its guidelines, recommending that men between the ages of 55 and 69 talk to their doctor about the pros and cons of prostate cancer screening. Previously, the task force had recommended against routine screening for prostate cancer. This year’s updated recommendations stem from new research showing the benefits of screening.

PSA-based prostate cancer screening is both clinically valuable, and flawed. As a result, the medical community has developed a nuanced approach – putting PSA numbers into context with ethnicity, family history and other risk factors.When treating patients, a primary goal is to understand the aggressiveness of the cancer and design therapy accordingly. Diagnostic tests that read a tumor’s genome and provide clues about its aggressiveness are showing promise – but more research needs to be done.

There are a number of effective treatment options for patients with prostate cancer, ranging from “active surveillance,” to minimally invasive surgery, to intensity-modulated radiation therapy, and others.

And there’s good news on the horizon for all cancer patients in San Diego. This fall, Scripps will be partnering with MD Anderson Cancer Center to launch a comprehensive and integrated cancer program in San Diego – The Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The program will offer San Diegans access to the most advanced treatment protocols and standards of care – right here in San Diego. More information will be available in the fall.

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