Dr. Kevin Slawin, who specializes in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of Prostate Cancer began using the PCA3Plus® test from Bostwick Labs that detects PCA3, a specific gene that is highly expressed in prostate cancer. No other human tissues express PCA3.
“We are pleased to be the first to provide the innovative PCA3Plus test for men at risk for prostate cancer. This test is the second generation of the hugely successful uPM3™ test, the first genetic test for prostate cancer risk available exclusively by Bostwick Laboratories since 2004. PCA3Plus uses technology that provides even greater reproducibility than uPM3,” said David G. Bostwick, M.D., M.B.A., CEO and CMO of Bostwick Labs.
PCA3Plus tests for prostate cancer cells that are shed into the urine. The urine sample is sent to Bostwick Laboratories to be tested for genetic expression of the PCA3 gene. If the sample is positive for PCA3, then the patient has a very high likelihood of having prostatic cancer.
Improved method to identify patients at risk for prostate cancer.
Comparison of the sensitivity, specificity of PCA3Plus and PSA at predicting cancer/HGPIN/ASAP vs. benign.
PCA3Plus has not been cleared or approved by the FDA, and is based upon reagents manufactured by Gen-Probe (San Diego, California). PCA3Plus is a trademark of Bostwick Laboratories®. uPM3™ is a trademark of DiagnoCure (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada).