Urine test for prostate cancer in development

February 11, 2009 2:04:30 PM PST
A simple test could one day predict prostate cancer.There has always been debate about how to treat prostate cancer. This test could make that decision easier. It's a simple urine test that identifies small molecules, called metabolites, that are associated with prostate cancer.

The hope is that someday doctors will be able to identify men who have a fast moving aggressive form of the disease. Such a test could also help lead to the development of new therapies.

Researchers say metabolites have been underappreciated relative to genes being profiled in cancer and that this approach could be extended to other cancers.

However, before a urine test involving metabolites could become standard, it would have to undergo clinical trials.