Prostate Cancer

There are approximately 180,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year in the US. Approximately 35,000 men die each year from the disease.

  • More than 3.1 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today
    The Washington University Medical School recently completed a study of 364 receiving a radical proctectomy.
  • 53 (15 %) suffered from erectile dysfunction
  • 63 (17 %) reported having incontinence
  • 45 (13 %) developed other complications

PDTx believes that improving the determination of how aggressive the tumor is beyond utilizing simple blood scores could greatly reduce the number of unnecessary radical prostatectomies. This would not only save the healthcare system significant money, but would avoid meaningful quality of life adverse events.

Diabetic Foot Ulcer

It is estimated that 30 million people in the United States have diabetes. The lifetime risk of people with diabetes to develop a foot ulcer is 34% and more than 50% of diabetic foot ulcers become infected, requiring hospitalization.

  • There are approximately 100,000 lower extremity amputations performed on diabetics each year
  • After a major amputation, 50% of people will have their other limb amputated within 2 years
  • Mortality after diabetes-related amputation exceeds 70% at 5 years for all patients with diabetes and 74% at 2 years for those receiving a second amputation
  • The total medical cost for the management of diabetic foot disease in the United States is estimated to be approaching $15 billion

Improving the treatment of diabetic foot ulcer could greatly reduce the number of unnecessary amputations greatly improving quality of life and reducing costs.