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Prostate Cancer

What does screening of the prostate entail?

The PCA3 (Prostate Cancer Gene 3, formerly, DD3) Test is a molecular biological method for the early detection of prostate cancer, a tool more precise than the previous and one that may offer help in solving several clinical problems. It is not only prostate specific, but also highly specific to prostate cancer signifying that while an elevated PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) may be caused by other conditions, the PCA3 level is not influenced by other factors. The positive predictive value of the PCA3 urine test in prostate diagnosis is two times greater than that of the PSA serum test.

When should a PCA-3 Test be done?

Biopsy of the prostate is often performed on the basis of an elevated PSA level; yet, in 75% of the patients that have an elevated PSA level, no carcinoma of the prostate is found.

The PCA3 test as a diagnostic tool has been proven in the following cases:

  • in determining the initial biopsy, increased risk of prostate cancer due to family medical history, suspect physical findings, PSA value increased, dubious PSA values and physical findings,
  • in determining the date of a repeat biopsy, the PSA level is obviously high but the previous one or more biopsies were negative or results were not obvious,
  • in determining the aggressiveness of the treatment strategy and the active monitoring of verified prostate cancer cases (3-6 times/month). What happens during the examination?
A rectal digital examination will be done wherein the physician inserts a gloved finger into the rectum and to feel the prostate for hard, lumpy or abnormal areas. The test takes only a few minutes to complete. A slight, momentary discomfort may be felt during the test, but otherwise, the procedure does not cause significant pain or any damage to the prostate. A urine sample will be required then, since the PCA-3 Test uses the first urine passed after this procedure.
Patient safety protocol

We consider the safety of our patients and our professionals to be of the utmost importance, therefore, in accordance with the current regulations in force, we implement several protective measures against COVID-19 in our Institute, which you can read about in detail HERE. A negative PCR test is required for oral and other body cavity examinations or interventions if the patient had a positive PCR test in the last 3 weeks prior to the test.

The high level of interest in coronavirus testing has proportionally increased the workload of our telephone customer service. In order to improve our service, we provide a dedicated telephone line for corona virus test appointments: +36 1 999-1727
At the above telephone number - on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. - our colleagues only book appointments for coronavirus testing.

To download the on-site pre-screening questionnaire, please click HERE!

In order to provide mandatory information to the National eHealth Infrastructure (EESZT) in accordance with legal regulations, the basic condition for starting care for all Hungarian citizens is to provide the number of the social security identification card ("TAJ kártya") and to provide credible proof of your personal data. In the case of foreign nationals who do not have a TAJ, the number of the foreign travel document will be recorded.