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Scand J Urol Nephrol. 2004;38(1):15-8.

The potentially curable prostate cancer patient and the pathways leading to diagnosis and treatment.

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Section of Urology, Department of Surgery, The Gade Institute, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway. peder.gjengsto@helse-bergen.no

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Potentially curable prostate cancer is a diagnostic challenge for the general practitioner (GP). In a defined catchment area we wanted to discover why patients consulted their GPs and the reasons for their referral to the urologist.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

Patients remitted to our "early prostate cancer clinic" with suspected potentially curable prostate cancer between January 1997 and December 2000 were included in the study. Patient information was registered according to a prospectively designed protocol.

RESULTS:

Of the 872 patients examined, prostate cancer was diagnosed in 41.3% (360/872). Median age was 63.1 years and median total prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level was 8.6 microg/l. The main reason for referral to a urologist was elevated PSA alone. However, the majority of the patients had no urological symptoms when they consulted their GP. As no local or national screening recommendations existed, we believe that opportunistic PSA screening has been common.

CONCLUSIONS:

The most important reason for referring patients to our specialist clinic was elevated PSA, often detected by means of opportunistic PSA screening. This study shows the effect of PSA testing in real-life practice.

PMID:
15204421
DOI:
10.1080/00365590310019990
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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