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Rev Urol. 2003 Summer;5(3):149-55.

Optimizing prostate biopsy strategies for the diagnosis of prostate cancer.


The importance of prostate biopsy in urologic practice has been magnified by the routine use of serum prostate-specific antigen in prostate cancer screening. Given the potential impact of the procedure on both patient care and health care costs, an optimal strategy for accurate and judicious detection of early prostate cancer is imperative. Maintaining maximal sensitivity and negative predictive value are equally important to the patient. In this article, we review recent modifications in prostate biopsy indications and techniques that may allow for a systematic biopsy approach to the patient in whom prostate cancer is suspected.


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