Comment in The Lancet

24 Jan 2017

Professor Stricker and his fellow, James Thomspon, were invited by The Lancet to comment on the recently published article, "The Diagnostic Accuracy of Multiparametric MRI and Transrectal Biopsy in Prostate Cancer".

The comment was published on the 23rd of January2017.

Stricker and Thomspon commented that the imaging study did demonstrate that multiparametric MRI of the prostate improved detection of aggressive tumours whislt excluding the detection of insignificant tumours. This is an improvement in the diagnostic pathway over existing methods: PSA testing and digital rectal examination and subsequent transrectal biopsy. Stricker and Thompson concluded that the use of MRI and biological genetic tools to select patients for biopsy and treatment would help, ' ... reduce over-detection, over-treatment and under-treatment, thus improving oncologic, quality of life, and cost-efficiency outcomes for the population'

Professor Stricker was one of the first to pioneer the work of MRI in the prostate and this work was published in The Journal of Urology in 2016.

About Phillip

Phillip is the Chairman of the Department of Urology, St Vincent's Private Hospital and Clinic since 2003, and a Director of the St Vincent's Prostate Cancer Centre.

The Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre in New South Wales recently appointed him as clinical director. He is also a member of the National Prostate Cancer Research Centre

Philip is currently the highest volume robotic surgeon in Australasia

He is perhaps best known for his work developing nerve sparing techniques to help patients maximise potency