May 08, 2011 - 10:17 am
I came across this article yesterday from Bloomberg News which I thought many here may find interesting. It highlights a growing trend of spesis and sepsis related death following prostate cancer as a result of bacteria that are increasingly resistant to antibiotics.
The risks of a transrectal needle biopsy should be thoroughly understood by men before agreeing to this procedure, particularly those who have traveled to certain countries or who have had other antibiotic treatment recently.
In particular, men who are on AS with a protocol of regular biopsies and men who expect to have fiducials placed in the prostate as part of radiation treatment should understand the potential dangers of transrectal needle penetration of the prostate.
Best to all.