Myriad's Prolaris Diagnostic Kit Holds Value in Prostate Cancer Prognosis

Results presented at the 2014 American Urological Association (AUA) meeting in Florida revealed that Myriad's prostate cancer diagnostic test could predict mortality risk in prostate cancer.

Myriad Genetics, Inc. today presented new data from a clinical validation study of Prolaris at the 2014 American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. The study is the largest validation study to date of any gene-based prognostic test in patients with prostate cancer who were diagnosed by needle biopsy. A key finding was that the Prolaris test accurately differentiated newly diagnosed patients who were likely to die from prostate cancer within 10 years from those with lower-risk disease, which should open the door to more appropriate clinical care for patients at all risk levels. Prolaris is a novel molecular diagnostic test that accurately predicts cancer-specific death and metastases in men with prostate cancer and is a much stronger indicator of clinical outcomes than Gleason score or PSA.

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"The aggressiveness of newly diagnosed prostate cancer is variable and difficult to predict. What clinicians really need is a well-validated prognostic test that accurately predicts disease-specific mortality and can improve ," said Jack Cuzick, PhD., study investigator and head of the Centre for Cancer Prevention at Queen Mary University of London. "Currently, with standard clinical tools like Gleason Score or PSA, we can't adequately define prognosis. The Prolaris test provides useful new information and is highly prognostic for disease-specific death among men being conservatively treated."

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Source: MarketWatch