Phoenix Man's Prostate Cancer Found with New Imaging at Upstate Medical University

Dec 23, 2013

A Phoenix man who doctors say could have been walking around with Prostate Cancer for eight years has been diagnosed through a new breakthrough technology at Upstate Medical University.  The new $400,000 system is called 3-T MRI.  For several years, Patient Jeff Barclay received high PSA test readings and had numerous prostate biopsies.

Doctors demonstrate New urology imaging at Upstate Medical University
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“It was a relief each time they were over and especially when the results come back negative.  But yet, I still had a doubt and there was still suspicion, as there was with my urologist, there was still something going on.  And this procedure proved that obviously there was.”

Upstate doctors describe that typical, random biopsy samples of the prostate can miss cancerous areas.  The imaging technology, according to Upstate Urology Chair, Doctor Gennady Bratslavsky, can help urologists more accurately locate cancers like Barclay’s.

Upstate Patient Jeff Barclay from Phoenix, NY.
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“Utilizing this technology, as we mentioned, again, identifying those who have either been missed or who would like to proceed with the highest  certainty of finding more aggressive cancers, especially if there is a family history or a relative that may have succumbed to a prostate cancer.” 

The doctor says in patient Barclay’s case, the odds of having a positive biopsy after receiving five negative biopsy results is probably about one percent.  Click here to learn more about Upstate Urology.

Upstate Urologists, Chair Dr. Gennady Bratslavsky (left) and Assistant Professor, Doctor Srinivas Vourganti discuss new imaging technology.
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Urology Patient Examination Device.
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