Sheboygan – The American Cancer Society reports approximately 1 in 9 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime; and out of those diagnosed and treated, about one-third will experience a recurrence of prostate cancer.
HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital Cancer Services is now utilizing a new, state-of-the-art testing technique that helps doctors detect a recurrence of prostate cancer and save lives, better than ever before. The testing is done with an FDA-approved imaging agent called Axumin®, in combination with positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT).
Prior to the PET/CT, Axumin is administered to the patient through an IV. Axumin contains a synthetic amino acid that is absorbed by prostate cancer in the body at a much more rapid pace than normal cells. It also contains a radioactive element which allows for Axumin to be seen inside the patient’s body during a PET/CT. Therefore, if there is a recurrence or metastasis of cancer in the body, the physician will be able to identify the location and extent of the cancer based on where the Axumin fluid collects in greater amounts in the body.
“For men who are experiencing a recurrence of prostate cancer, about one-third of them will have prostate cancer that has metastasized, or spread to other areas of their body,” said Dr. Kiernan Minehan, a radiation oncologist at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital. “This test can help us pinpoint the extent and location(s) of the cancer and better guide us on the best course of treatment for the patient.”
A patient that is suspected of having a recurrence of prostate cancer due to elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels in their blood would be referred for a PET/CT with Axumin by their oncologist. For more information about HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital Cancer Services, click here.
About HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital
HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital has been delivering high quality health care to Sheboygan and its surrounding communities since 1890. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital provides a comprehensive range of services that include cancer care, women’s services, 24-hour emergency care, digestive health, orthopedics, cardiac, home health and hospice care. The hospital’s primary purpose is to continue Christ’s healing love through the delivery of high quality and compassionate health care in an environment sensitive to the needs of all people. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. An affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people. To learn more, visit
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries. For more information about HSHS, visit  For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

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