Updated Partin Tables Now Available to Predict the Spread of Prostate Cancer

January 7, 2013 by  
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If a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, it becomes more necessary to know the extent of the spread and the prognosis of cure. With various tests like the PSA, Gleason Score etc the cancer can be staged.

A tool known as the Partin Tables has been developed by Alan W. Partin, a professor of urology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

This tool is now updated to help doctors and patients predict better the spread of prostate cancer in the body.

In the January 3 issue of the “British Journal of Urology International, details of how 5600 men treated at the John Hopkins Hospital from 2006 to 2011 benefited from the tool.

More so, a recent online post at the Science Daily website January 3, 2013, provides insights into the updated Partin Tables. Excerpts from the online post you will find helpful include:

“The first thing most men want to know when they learn they have prostate cancer is their prognosis — ¬¬whether it can be cured,” says Alan W. Partin, M.D., Ph.D., professor and director of Urology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and creator of the Partin Tables. “The Partin Tables are a statistical model to show the probability that the cancer is confined to the prostate and therefore is likely to be cured with surgery,” he says.

The model is based on a patient’s prostate specific antigen (PSA) level, Gleason Score (a number from 2 to 10 that estimates the aggressiveness of tumors removed during a biopsy based on their appearance under a microscope), and clinical stage — the extent to which a tumor can be felt during a digital exam.

More so, there are lots of positive affirmations that this new updated tool can be very useful in diagnosing the spread of prostate cancer.

“The updated Partin Tables will significantly improve the ability of physicians to counsel patients on the extent of their disease and help them make treatment decisions, such as whether surgery is warranted and, if so, whether lymph nodes also should be removed during surgery,” Partin says.

“If there is a high probability that the cancer has spread, treatment options include radiation, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy.”

Finally, by inputting the PSA, the Gleason Score and the clinical stage results, and clicking on “find results,” an individual can see the percentage chance that the cancer is confined to the prostate, has migrated to the edge of the gland, has invaded the seminal vesicles or has spread to the lymph nodes.

Read the full article published January 3 at Science Daily website.  Visit  http://urology.jhu.edu/prostate/partintables.php  to use the  Partin Tables.

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