Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Understanding Prostate Cancer [Infographic]

Prostate cancer is the second leading cancer death among American men; 30,000 men die from prostate cancer every year. Compared to the number of men who are diagnosed with the cancer, only a small percent actually die from it, while the larger percentage goes to men who die while suffering from it. This statistic has led some to believe that treatment plans may be flawed. There are some of the opinion that treatment is too aggressive. About 40-50% of patients with low-risk cancer could be candidates for active surveillance. On the other side, it is thought that treatment may not be aggressive enough. About 20-30% of patients whether intermediate or high-risk cancers require multimodal therapy. Which ever school of thought is correct, physicians are looking for a better way, regardless.

The Polaris test could be the answer. By identifying how fast the cancer cells are replicating, they can measure how aggressive the cancer is and determine the best course of treatment. It will provide a new medium to allow doctors and patients to communicate more easily about options. Between two men in the same stage of prostate cancer, the rate at which the cancer cells reproduce and develop could mean an entirely different course of treatment for each of them.

Take a look at this infographic presented by Myriad for more on the changing treatments for prostate cancer and the Polaris test.

Understanding Prostate Cancer [Infographic] image prostate1

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