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Prostate Cancer: Genomic Testing

Prostate Cancer: Genomic Testing

Posted on: 13 May 2022


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If your doctor tells you that you have prostate cancer, try not to panic because it is not all bad news.  For a prostate cancer screening, your doctor will likely do a simple blood test called a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, a medical history and a digital rectal exam (DRE). If the results call for it, your doctor may also do a prostate ultrasound and biopsy of your prostate.

Testing for prostate cancer has come a long way over the years. Your doctor can do tests on cancer cells to find out how to treat your condition based on the DNA of the cell. This is called genomic testing.

Our genes can tell something about why we get certain diseases. Genomic testing looks at your genes but can also look closely at cancer genes and their behaviors. This helps us see how DNA and genes work within a cell. The doctor can do a biopsy of the cancer cells and use other genomic tests to tell how they might grow (or not grow). Genomics can suggest a path to better treating your cancer and address other vital questions.

The below resources can be used to help you learn more basic information about genomic testing for prostate cancer:

Genomic Diagnostic Testing for Prostate Cancer

Pruebas genómicas de diagnóstico para el cáncer de próstata

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