The founder of PET/CT at Las Colinas talks about the benefits of a new screening tool.
Irving, TX – Men who get an all-clear after prostate cancer treatments have been deemed successful are sometimes surprised to find their need for routine follow-ups doesn’t go away. Prostate-specific antigen levels must, after all, be tracked to safeguard against possible recurrences. Catching cancer’s return in its earliest phase is essential for protecting long-term health. A relatively new screening tool may make it even easier to detect and locate recurrences should they arise.
The new tool involves the use of a special tracer drug used in conjunction with a PET scan. The tracer, known as C-11, is able to pinpoint recurrences faster and more effectively than other tests. This, in turn, can lead to more expedient intervention should cancer return or spread to new locations.
“Bone scans, MRIs and other screening tools are effective, but they are often unable to confirm or deny PSA results until tumors have grown larger and more complex to treat,” explains Dr. Gregory Echt, founder of PET/CT of Las Colinas. “The development of C-11 coupled with the use of PET scan technology is enabling faster confirmation while paving the way for more decisive intervention should recurrences be confirmed.”
Men who have been treated for prostate cancer are strongly urged to go in for routine follow-ups. Even if prostate cancer treatments have been deemed highly successful, there is a risk for recurrence. High PSA results can signal this potential concern. Thanks to the development of C-11 and PET scans, doctors are now better able to determine if elevated PSA levels are cause for concern.
It is estimated about 160,000 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the coming year. Early detection and treatment can ensure positive outcomes even in higher risk cases, making routine screening for men at risk for this disease important.
About PET/CT of Las Colinas
PET/CT of Las Colinas is dedicated to the care and wellbeing of our patients. We understand that the foundation of a successful treatment plan – or a clean bill of health – begins with sophisticated, accurate imagery. We look forward to providing you with the highest level of care.Our imaging center is located conveniently across the highway from the Las Colinas Medical Center within the Las Colinas Cancer Center on Highway 161 in Irving, TX. and – once here – we offer hassle-free curbside parking.