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The Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre has the highest accrual for a novel ultrasound study in prostate cancer

“We have enrolled over 400 patients at our site, reaching our enrollment goal much faster than all other sites across North America. We are now planning on adding in 250 more patients to this trial because of the encouraging results found with the first arm of the trial. Our site tied with the highest accrual goal and surpassed all other sites to meet our enrollment goal.”

The study is a “Multi-Center trial of high-resolution transrectal ultrasound versus standard low-resolution transrectal ultrasound for the identification of clinically significant prostate cancer”

The only definitive method for diagnosing prostate cancer is through a prostate biopsy. This procedure includes the use of an ultrasound machine to guide both freezing needles and biopsy needles into the prostate. The ultrasound machine that is currently in use is a low-resolution ultrasound machine which means that although it is good at seeing the entire prostate gland to guide the needles, it is often unable to visualize the prostate in enough detail to be able to see different lesions and areas of concern within it. Thus, many biopsy samples are taken systematically with two samples from each section of the prostate. Recently a new ultrasound machine has been created that gives images of the prostate with much higher resolution, allowing the radiologist performing the biopsy to see details within the prostate that were previously inaccessible. A study using this new high-resolution ultrasound machine is being completed at the Prostate Cancer Centre to compare the adequacy of this new machine to detect prostate cancer over the standard low-resolution machine. Over 650 patients will be enrolled in this study!

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PROSPeCT: A Predictive Research Online System for Prostate Cancer Tasks

We are excited to announce the recent online publication of PROSPeCT: A Predictive Research Online System for Prostate Cancer Tasks in the Journal of Clinical Oncology-Clinical Cancer Informatics!

PROSPeCT is a user-friendly online clinical information system that offers an easy and efficient way to obtain relevant and accurate information about patients from APCaRIs robust and expanding database. If you use PROSPeCT already then please cite this article in your work. If you do not use PROSPeCT yet then read this article for more details about easy-to-use and powerful query tool! Thank you to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, plus others, for supporting this project.

Citation
PROSPeCT: A Predictive Research Online System for Prostate Cancer Tasks
Maria Cutumisu, Catalina Vasquez, Maxwell Uhlich, Perrin H. Beatty, Homeira Hamayeli-Mehrabani, Rume Djebah, Albert Murtha, Russell Greiner, and John D. Lewis
JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics 2019 :3, 1-12 DOI: 10.1200/CCI.18.00144

2019.05 Cutumisu et al PROSPeCT JCO CCI

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