Use of MRI in prostate cancer

Within the NHS, when men have a raised psa they are referred for biopsy – which is so hit and miss it will mean taking quite a few samples, ‘blindly’, which surely must result in many false negatives and false positives – overdiagnosis and unnecessary treatment? MRI is expensive, but surely it makes sense to use it BEFORE taking biopsies so that the area for further investigation is clarified? Or is this just one more example of back-door privatisation, pushing men towards paying privately for an MRI before biopsies are taken, if they value their health?

‘Oncologist criticises NICE for not recommending wider use of MRI in prostate cancer’
http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g174?etoc=

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About bmitzi

Medical writer, author, artist. Cancer campaigner. Aiming always to improve health services and bring compassion into health care.
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One Response to Use of MRI in prostate cancer

  1. Afifah says:

    Dear Mitzi, I too am involved in medical matters, as a clinician and an educator, both of the public and the profession. I hear extraordinary reports from patients of their experiences, not only of cancer but many other conditions too. I don’t see a ‘contact me’ tab on your blog but would like to discuss a couple of things with you. Could you email me at afifah.hamilton@gmail.com when you have a moment. Many thanks ~ Afifah

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