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Predicting Prostate Cancer Death

Rapid Rise in PSA Levels Even Years Before Diagnosis May Foretell Outcome

Prognostic Potential

The hope is that if used in this new way, PSA testing will help doctors better distinguish between men with prostate cancer who will die without treatment and those who will not.

Prostate cancer researcher Timothy R. Church, PhD, says larger studies under way will help determine if PSA velocity can help predict prognosis.

Until the results of those studies are known, generalized guidelines regarding PSA screening are not possible, Church says.

"At this point it really comes down to a conversation between the patient and his medical care provider," Carter tells WebMD. "It is not a simple decision."

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