Breakthrough technology to diagnose prostate cancer has been unveiled at a Brisbane hospital.
Urologists at the Wesley are the first in Australia to trial new imaging technology which could change the rate of prostate cancer survival dramatically.
Dominick Czakilew reports.
Each year, 3300 men die of prostate cancer in Australia.
Until now, specialists haven’t been able to image the prostate accurately; whereas effective imaging for breast cancer has been available for 25 years.
The new MRI technology gives an accurate diagnosis in 90% of cases.
Dr Jelle Barentsz, Dutch Specialist: “This image can be made from any man, from any prostate and can show exactly if there is a tumour and shows the tumour’s aggression.”
The technology isn’t invasive and eliminates the need for for unnecessary biopsies.
Dr Rob Parkinson, Radiologist: “The worst part for patients is they have to lie in a tight tunnel and some people get claustrophobic, but you really just have to lie there, that’s it.”
Prostate cancer survivors are optimistic.
Peter Dornan, Survivor: “I am very much in favour of this, I think it’s one of the biggest steps I’ve seen since I’ve been involved with prostate cancer, which is 15 years now.”
Experts say it could take a few years for the new technology to be fully implemented. But it can’t reach its full potential without government funding.
Planning is under way for a clinical trail to take place at the Wesley later this year.
Dominick Czakilew, QUT News.