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Earlier detection of aggressive form of prostate cancer

Narrator:       This is Science Today. Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have developed a way to detect a particularly aggressive, treatment-resistant form of prostate cancer earlier than conventional imaging methods. Lead study investigator Dr. Lilly Wu explains.

Wu:               We have shown that we're able to detect even the early spread to lymph nodes. In these diseases, very often lymph node is an earlier step in dissemination. If you can detect it even at that earlier step, it's more beneficial because you can plan the treatment much more appropriately at an earlier step. So some of these approaches are really just trying to make earlier, better decisions, giving a more effective treatment option for the patient and I think that's the key.

Narrator:       While much work is still required before this method is actually ready for patients in a clinical setting, Wu says it's an important step in advancing cancer detection techniques. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.