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TRUS Biopsy: The Human Pincushion

It wasn’t so long ago when the standard transrectal ultrasound-guided (TRUS) biopsy involved only six needles. It was called a sextant biopsy based on the Latin word sextans, meaning “a sixth.” As time would prove, it missed more than 40% of prostate tumors because it was essentially blind and random. To correct the problem, the keep reading

The Importance of Lifestyle

When life goes along smoothly, it is easy to take for granted things like material comfort, physical and mental health, and the safety of our loved ones and ourselves. However, life has a way of surprising us with unforeseen unpleasantness. Illness, especially cancer, shakes us out of our comfort zone and thrusts us into unfamiliar keep reading

September and Prostate Health

By: Dan Sperling, MD September is a time when leaves turn to warm colors—and our minds should turn to thoughts of prostate health. September is National Prostate Health Month. Specifically, the week of September 17-24 is officially designated as Prostate Cancer Awareness Week.   September is an invigorating month. The lazy days of summer are keep reading

Indiana Proton Beam Facility Closes

By: Dan Sperling, MD In recent months, proton beam radiation has come under criticism for two main reasons. First, it imposes a huge cost burden upon a medical payment system that is already limping. Second, it has not been shown to be significantly more effective in the treatment of prostate cancer than other forms of keep reading

Information For Patients Is Outdated

By: Dan Sperling, MD Out of curiosity, I took a tour of well respected websites that offer prostate cancer treatment information to patients or those worried about the disease. I was disappointed with the results of my “survey.” When it comes to treatment, I found primarily conventional information. Here are summaries of what four renowned keep reading

Why I Don’t Use An Endorectal Coil With MRI

By: Dan Sperling, MD If you had a chance to read my article at http://sperlingprostatecenter.com/endorectal-coil-necessary-mri-detection-characterization-prostate-cancer/ you know that some centers prefer to do MRI scans of the prostate using and endorectal coil. At the Sperling Prostate Center, we do not use this device. An endorectal coil is essentially an “antenna” placed into the rectum during keep reading

The Many Uses of DWI-MRI

By: Dan Sperling, MD Diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI-MRI) has tremendous diagnostic value for conditions throughout the body, not just the prostate. Diffusion weighting is one of parameters that distinguish unhealthy tissue from normal tissue. It gives qualitative and quantitative information about the random motion of water molecules in tissues, and can give functional keep reading