E. David Crawford, MD, presented “Liquid Diagnostics​​ and Prostate Cancer” virtually during the Virtual Global Summit on Precision Diagnosis and Treatment of Prostate Cancer on October 22nd, 2020.

How to cite: Crawford, E. David. “Liquid Diagnostics and Prostate Cancer​” October 22nd, 2020. Accessed Sep 2021. https://grandroundsinurology.com/liquid-diagnostics-and-prostate-cancer/

Liquid Diagnostics and Prostate Cancer – Summary

E. David Crawford, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Grand Rounds in Urology and Professor of Urology at the University of California, San Diego, discusses how to use liquid diagnostics in combination with PSA testing to reduce unnecessary prostate biopsies. Dr. Crawford explains that while PSA is a good, inexpensive test of the relative risk of prostate cancer, better guidance is needed for application, especially because 90% of PSA tests are ordered by general practitioners rather than specialists. He suggests that medical practitioners consider a PSA of >1.5 to 4 as the danger zone where further evaluation is indicated. These patients should not be immediately sent for a prostate biopsy, but should instead be evaluated for benign prostatic hyperplasia and then for prostate cancer risk using liquid diagnostics. Dr. Crawford recommends following a diagnostic pathway, like the one at pcmarkers.com, to determine which patients need treatment.  

The Virtual Global Summit on Precision Diagnosis and Treatment of Prostate Cancer brings together key international opinion leaders of every clinical subspecialty involved in patient care. This event is an integral part of the AdMeTech Foundation’s Annual Summit, which was established in 2016 and become seminal in shaping the state of the art and future vision for precision care. The goal of this event is three-fold: 1) Educating the key stakeholders; 2) Supporting a sustained cross-disciplinary dialogue and consensus on the best emerging clinical practices and research priorities; and 3) Expediting clinical adoption of promising novel diagnostics and therapeutics. For more educational activities from this virtual event, visit our collection page.