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Radiol Clin North Am. 2000 Jan;38(1):139-57, ix.

The prostate: diagnostic evaluation of metastatic disease.

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Department of Radiology, University of California San Francisco, USA.

Abstract

One of the single most important considerations in clinical management of the patient with prostate cancer is whether or not metastatic disease is present. The identification of metastatic disease in a patient with newly diagnosed prostate cancer represents an absolute contraindication to definitive local therapies such as radial prostatectomy or radiation therapy. Similarly, the identification of metastatic disease in a patient with disease recurrence after definitive local therapy represents an absolute contraindication to salvage radiotherapy or cryosurgery. Patients with metastatic disease do not benefit from definitive therapy, and the cost and morbidity associated with such treatment should therefore be avoided in these patients. Because of the significance of metastatic disease to clinical management, it is important for the diagnostic radiologist to be aware of important considerations in the metastatic work-up of patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer and patients with suspected cancer recurrence after definitive local therapy.

PMID:
10664670
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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