Why should I do it?
Acid phosphatase testing is done to diagnose whether prostate cancer has spread to other parts of the body (metastasized), and to check the effectiveness of Treatment.
When should I do it?
In suspected cases of metastasized prostate cancer, diseases of the bone (such as Paget's disease or hyperparathyroidism), diseases of blood cells (such as sickle Cell disease or multiple myeloma), or lysosomal disorders (such as Gaucher's disease)
What Kind of Sample is Needed?
Yes. Blood is typically drawn from a vein, usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. This test also can be done on a bone marrow biopsy.
Test Preparation Needed?
None, but you should not have a rectal exam or prostate massage for two to three days prior to the test.