The Role of Urinary miRNAs in the Diagnosis, Management and Follow- Up of Prostatic Cancer

Author(s): Afroditi Ziogou, Alexios Giannakodimos and Ilias Giannakodimos*

Volume 12, Issue 2, 2023

Published on: 18 April, 2023

Page: [83 - 86] Pages: 4

DOI: 10.2174/2211536612666230324102850


Diagnosis and management of prostatic cancer (PCa) cases mainly rely on levels of prostatic- specific antigen (PSA) levels. In the majority of cases, rising of PCa is usually responsible for elevated PSA. However, a wide variety of prostatic abnormalities, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia and infection or inflammation of the prostatic glands, may also impact prostate levels. Due to the low specificity and sensitivity of the PSA test, elevated PSA levels can lead to unnecessary prostate biopsies or surgical interventions, constituting this diagnostic modality a controversial screening test. Therefore, the discovery of new non-invasive biomarkers, such as urinary miRNAs, could shed light on the optimal management and follow-up of patients with prostatic lesions. This study aims to evaluate the utility of urinary miRNAs as a new PCa prognostic biomarker, discovering its current limitations and proposing methods to overwhelm current challenges.

Keywords: MiRNAs, prostate cancer, urine, urinary miRNA, prostatic-specific antigen, benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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