Physical symptoms from prostate biopsy can cause anxiety

October 23, 2013
Physical symptoms from prostate biopsy can cause anxiety

(HealthDay)—Problematic symptoms of prostate biopsy can lead to increased anxiety in men, even when the biopsy results are negative for cancer, according to research published online Oct. 21 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Julia Wade, Ph.D., of the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, and colleagues analyzed data from questionnaires completed by 1,144 , among those enrolled in the Prostate Testing for Cancer and Treatment trial, to assess the psychological impact of .

The researchers found that biopsy-related symptoms were minor or not a problem, and overall levels of anxiety and depression were low, for most men. Among 471 men who received a negative biopsy result, those who had biopsy-related symptoms at seven days, including pain, shivers, hematuria, hematochezia, and hemoejaculate, that were problematic had significantly greater anxiety than those who had symptoms that were non-problematic. At 35 days, although symptoms were not reduced, anxiety was lessened.

"Problematic post-biopsy symptoms can lead to increased , distinct from distress related to diagnosis of prostate ," the authors write. "Men and doctors need to consider these additional potential harms of biopsy when deciding whether to initiate prostate-specific antigen testing."

Explore further: PCA3 assay ups predictive accuracy for repeat biopsy

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Related Stories

PCA3 assay ups predictive accuracy for repeat biopsy

June 13, 2013
(HealthDay)—For men with at least one prior negative biopsy, urinary PCA3 scores, together with serum prostate-specific antigen and other clinical information, improve the prediction accuracy for repeat biopsy outcome, ...

New early detection test for prostate cancer: Mi-Prostate Score test improves on PSA for predicting cancer

September 26, 2013
More than 1 million men will undergo a prostate biopsy this year, but only about one-fifth of those biopsies will result in a cancer diagnosis.

Comorbidities should be factor in prostate biopsy choice, study finds

May 15, 2013
UC Irvine Health urologists and health policy experts report in a new study that two written assessments that identify existing comorbidities – the patient-reported Total Illness Burden Index for Prostate Cancer (TIBI-Cap) ...

Organized screening for prostate cancer does more harm than good

September 30, 2013
Prostate cancer screening using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is widely used in France despite a lack of evidence showing that it reduces cancer deaths. Now, researchers have shown that men experience more harm ...

Benefits of prostate-specific antigen testing remain unclear

July 20, 2012
(HealthDay) -- It remains unclear whether the benefits of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing outweigh the harms, but evidence suggests that men with a longer life expectancy may benefit from testing, according to a provisional ...

Obese men at high risk for prostate cancer even after benign biopsy

April 23, 2013
Obese men were more likely to have precancerous lesions detected in their benign prostate biopsies compared with non-obese men, and were at a greater risk for subsequently developing prostate cancer, according to researchers ...

Recommended for you

'Bet hedging' explains the efficacy of many combination cancer therapies

December 14, 2017
The efficacy of many FDA-approved cancer drug combinations is not due to synergistic interactions between drugs, but rather to a form of "bet hedging," according to a new study published by Harvard Medical School researchers ...

Scientists unlock structure of mTOR, a key cancer cell signaling protein

December 14, 2017
Researchers in the Sloan Kettering Institute have solved the structure of an important signaling molecule in cancer cells. They used a new technology called cryo-EM to visualize the structure in three dimensions. The detailed ...

Liquid biopsy results differed substantially between two providers

December 14, 2017
Two Johns Hopkins prostate cancer researchers found significant disparities when they submitted identical patient samples to two different commercial liquid biopsy providers. Liquid biopsy is a new and noninvasive alternative ...

Testing the accuracy of FDA-approved and lab-developed cancer genetics tests

December 14, 2017
Cancer molecular testing can drive clinical decision making and help a clinician determine if a patient is a good candidate for a targeted therapeutic drug. Clinical tests for common cancer causing-mutations in the genes ...

Newest data links inflammation to chemo-brain

December 14, 2017
Inflammation in the blood plays a key role in "chemo-brain," according to a published pilot study that provides evidence for what scientists have long believed.

One in five young colon cancer patients have genetic link

December 13, 2017
As doctors grapple with increasing rates of colorectal cancers in young people, new research from the University of Michigan may offer some insight into how the disease developed and how to prevent further cancers. Researchers ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.