Dr Samadi Defends the Use of PSA Blood Tests for Prostate Cancer

December 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer

The US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) had early in the year recommended that the use of prostate-specific antigen(PSA) blood test may do more harm than good for those suffering from prostate cancer. This recommendation caused a divided opinion between many professionals in the medical field.

Dr. David Samadi, a world renowned urologist and prostate cancer surgeon is one of those doctors who don’t accept the recommendations of the government task force. In his opinion, the PSA test is a first step in helping to identify whether someone has prostate cancer or not. In Dec.5 publication on The Sacramento Bee online paper, Dr. Samadi has to explain that the USPSTF’s recommendation was “irresponsible” as it may cost men their lives since they would have less chance of getting early diagnosis of the disease. Dr. Samadi is also of the opinion that early diagnosis can really help in the early treatment of the disease which can help to save lives.

The world renowned surgeon is talking out of experience as has been able to develop an effective robotic treatment surgical option for the disease. Hints on the experience of this doctor are provided highlighted in the following extract from the Sacramento Bee publication:

An innovator in the field of robotic prostate surgery, Dr. Samadi performs his own Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique (SMART) at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center where he serves as Vice Chairman, Department of Urology and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery. He is a firm believer in routine PSA screening and credits a portion of his prostate cancer surgery success to the life-saving opportunity afforded by early diagnosis.

Although Dr Samadi believes firmly that men should go for PSA test, he still explains that there are effective steps and considerations to note if a good result was to be achieved. He urged men to discuss with qualified doctor in PSA test analysis so as to be able to find accurate results in the test.

Excerpt from the article detailing the considerations for interpreting higher-than normal PSA in the blood reveals:

  • Prostate cancer is not the only cause of an elevated PSA
  • PSA level can increase with prostatitis, BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), or even recent sexual activity
  • Elevated PSA can be addressed with antibiotics when no physical irregularity is noticed during physical exam
  • Prostate biopsy should be performed only when a prostate nodule is present, the PSA level is non-responsive to antibiotics, and/or repeatedly high PSA test results are obtained

Finally, Dr Samadi reveals the PSA test saves lives for men who might have been affected by the condition — especially when the test results reveal elevated levels of the protein-like substance early.

However, it is also important that advice from doctors should be sought after when making decisions about treatment or otherwise. More details on this can be accessed from the Sacramento Bee article of December 5 published by roboticoncology.com

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