Newer markers may improve on PSA's shortcomings

October 1, 2002

Q What is the current state of prostate cancer markers?With prostate cancer, we are fortunate in that it has the very best markeror combination of markers for any cancer that I'm aware of, short of skincancer where visual markers are quite good. PSA's performance for predictinglocalized prostate cancer probably exceeds the performance of other cancermarkers, such as CA125 for ovarian cancer, CEA for colon cancer, and someof the genetic markers for breast cancer.