UK scientists led by Kashmir-born doctor develop more accurate test to diagnose prostate cancer

Professor Ghulam Nabi-led team in England’s Dundee University has announced an ultrasound process called shear wave elastography (SWE) to detect prostate tumours. The method is said to be non-invasive and cheaper than current detection techniques.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Apr 23 2018 11:02AM | Updated Date: Apr 23 2018 11:02AM
UK scientists led by Kashmir-born doctor develop more accurate test to diagnose prostate cancerProfessor Ghulam Nabi.

A team of the UK scientists led by Kashmir-born doctor has developed a “highly accurate and reliable technique” for diagnosing prostate cancer in males.

Professor Ghulam Nabi-led team in England’s Dundee University has announced an ultrasound process called shear wave elastography (SWE) to detect prostate tumours. The method is said to be non-invasive and cheaper than current detection techniques.

“Current diagnosis of prostate cancer is extremely inefficient, leading to unnecessary treatments for many patients. Our new method is far more accurate and also allows us to identify the difference between cancerous and benign tissue in the prostate without the need for invasive surgery,” Guardian newspaper quoted Dr Nabi as having said.

The prostate is a small gland in the male reproductive system and is normally about the shape and size of a walnut.

“Current methods for determining if a prostate has become cancerous include a physical examination of the prostate (known as a digital rectal examination or DRE), MRI scans, a biopsy or tests to determine levels of the chemical prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood. We have been able to show a stark difference in results between our technology and existing techniques such as MRI,” the report quoted Dr Nabi as having said.

“The technique has picked up cancers which MRI did not reveal. We can now see with much greater accuracy what tissue is cancerous, where it is and what level of treatment it needs. This is a significant step forward,” the report mentioned Dr Nabi as saying.

Dr Nabi comes from a remote hamlet of Karnah in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district and has been based in London from 2002.

 

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