Doctors there used a new diagnostic measure called multiparametric MRI (mpMRI), which is now routinely used in Tawam before performing biopsies on the prostate. In this case, the specialized scanner allowed doctors to locate and visualize the cancerous tissue.
The technique then facilitated a biopsy, known as an MRI/ultrasound fusion-guided biopsy. The technique combines specialized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with an ultrasound image to help urologists precisely target the area of the prostate that needs to be biopsied.
Using this advanced technique, doctors were able to confirm the presence of cancer and the patient has since been successfully treated.
“The patient endured a lot. Having a total of six biopsies performed is no small feat for anyone. We are happy to have finally detected this cancer at an early stage. The cancer was confirmed and treated with great success. We expect him to have a very good possibility of full recovery and to be able to lead a normal life without any restrictions on life or activities,” said Dr Aftab Ahmed Bhati, consultant urologist at Tawam.
The patient said: “The period before my diagnosis was extremely difficult. It was frustrating to have no answers and the uncertainty surrounding my health was mentally and physically taxing. I was about to give up after my fifth biopsy, but luckily I came to Tawam Hospital. Dr. Aftab and the team performed a different type of analysis to make an accurate diagnosis.
He added: “Following my diagnosis and treatment, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I cannot thank the team enough and will continue to come for my regular checks and screenings. I strongly encourage all men to see their doctor; please don’t wait and get checked.
High PSA levels could be a sign of prostate cancer or a range of conditions like prostatitis or an enlarged prostate. There are a number of symptoms to look out for, including pain or burning sensation when urinating, frequent urination, difficulty starting or stopping urination, sudden erectile dysfunction, and blood in urine or semen . Doctors at Seha are urging residents to seek medical attention if they experience any.