Prostate Cancer Test- Doctors Against The New Guidelines On PSA Screening

April 28, 2012 by  
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Still on the new guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), it seems that many doctors are irked by it. This development may not be unconnected with conventional wisdom which most doctors and patients stick with. A lot of controversies have been raised since the release of the guidelines preventing    men who are past certain age to go for PSA screening. It has been researched that despite the warnings from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), doctors still screen patients. Here is an excerpt that provides you with more information on this on this challenging situation about testing for prostate cancer:

 Many doctors don’t expect new guidelines to affect how often they screen men for prostate cancer, results of a new survey suggest. Last fall, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a draft of new prostate cancer screening guidelines, which recommend against routine prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing in average-risk men.

The federally-funded panel concluded there was “moderate certainty” that the harms of routine screening — such as exposing men to more invasive tests and treatment that many might not need — outweigh the benefits of catching some cancers early.

“It was quite a controversial decision, as some of the trials have led to differing positions,” said Dr. Craig Pollack from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, who worked on the new study.

That may be why only about half of all doctors and nurse practitioners his team surveyed agreed with the draft guidelines, Pollack said. And even among those in agreement, not all said they would significantly cut back on routine screening of healthy men because of the guidelines.

Still, the new recommendation may lead to more change than the USPSTF’s 2008 guidelines against screening elderly men with PSA tests — which another new study suggests did little to affect practice.

In the survey, “I was surprised that many clinicians did not expect the draft recommendations would affect their decision making, and there were many other barriers” to cutting back on screening, Pollack told Reuters Health.That included doctors and nurses who said men expected to have a PSA test when they came into the office, as well as those who were afraid of getting sued if they didn’t do the tests and a patient was later diagnosed with cancer.

All survey responders were from community sites affiliated with Johns Hopkins in Maryland, so it’s unclear if their feelings reflect how doctors around the country feel about PSA testing, the researchers said.

Out of 124 doctors and nurse practitioners who filled out the study survey, half said they agreed or strongly agreed with the new draft recommendations against routine prostate cancer screening. Thirty-six percent disagreed or strongly disagreed, while the rest didn’t have a strong opinion one way or the other.

Only a couple of clinicians said they would no longer offer PSA testing because of the USPSTF draft guidelines. Read the complete excerpt here

So, many in the medical profession still does not seem to find reason why they should stop screening individuals for PSA. This is a challenging situation for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and other bodies that are in total support for the guidelines. As has been mentioned in a related article, the PSA test is still a fundamental part of prostate diagnosis. While the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) meant well for victims, the result of the surveys conducted above should not be completely ignored. If the patients on their own demand for this test, the doctors should not be blamed.

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