Michael A. Gorin, MD, presented “In My Opinion: Biomarkers for the Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer” virtually during the Perspectives in Urology: Point Counterpoint 2020 virtual conference in November 2020.

How to cite: Gorin, Michael A. “In My Opinion: Biomarkers for the Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer” September 26th, 2020. Accessed Mar 2024. https://grandroundsinurology.com/in-my-opinion-biomarkers-for-the-diagnosis-of-prostate-cancer/


Michael A. Gorin, MD, a urologist with Urology Associates in Cumberland, Maryland, discusses biomarkers for diagnosing prostate cancer, including PSA, mpMRI, and serum and urine tests. He gives an overview of the history of prostate specific antigen (PSA), emphasizing that PSA screening is beneficial even as he acknowledges that PSA’s high sensitivity and low specificity result in many unnecessary biopsies. There are now many serum and urine biomarker tests that can help provide more specificity, including 4KScore, Prostate Health Index, SelectMDx, and ExoDx Prostate IntelliScore (EPI), all of which are endorsed by the NCCN Guidelines. Dr. Gorin notes that, when price is considered, SelectMDx and EPI outperform the other tests. Dr. Gorin concludes the presentation by discussing how multiparametric MRI should be used in prostate cancer diagnosis, noting that while there is little official guidance on this yet, he uses it in his own practice if a patient has a PSA ≥3 and receives an abnormal result from a serum or urine biomarker test.

About the Perspectives in Urology: Point Counterpoint 2020 virtual conference:
Presented by Program Chair and Grand Rounds in Urology Editor-in-Chief E. David Crawford, MD, as well as Program Co-Chair Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD, this virtual conference brought together leading experts in urology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology to discuss and debate the latest topics in genitourinary cancers, primarily prostate cancer and bladder cancer. This two-day interactive conference offered topical lectures, pro/con debates, interesting-case presentations, interactive panel discussions, and interactive audience and faculty networking. A focus on prostate cancer was given on Wednesday, November 11th, with a focus on bladder cancer given on Thursday, November 12th.