Hi Chris, if you look at my signature, I was also "firm on one side"...glad you are getting biopsy, hope it all works out ok, if not you have got it early.
Just a note - your concerns are something that everyone here has experienced and are unfortunately normal. Several years ago my father-in-law was going through the same thing this time of year and it ruined his Christmas. As it turned out he was cancer free, but he sat in misery the whole Christmas.
I would say this - if it is cancer you are very likely catching it early, and you will have several good options for a cure. If it turns out to be cancer, you are still blessed that you caught it now - and in this worse case (that it is cancer), the treatments etc. are not that bad and life will go on! Hang in there!
RBAge 61 (now 62)Original data - pre-operationPSA: 5.1T1C clinical diagnosis, Needle biopsy - 10 cores, Gleason 7 = 3+4 in 1 core (40%), 7 cores Gleason 6 = 3+3 ranging from 5% to 12%All scans negativeLupron administered 4/9/2008 for 4 months (with idea I would undergo external beam radiation followed by seed implants - then I changed my mind). Robotic DiVinci surgery - Dr. Fagin (Austin) May 19thPost operative - pathologypT2c NX MXGleason 3+4Margins - negativeExtraprostatic extension - negativeseminal vesicle invasion - uninvolved1st Post PSA <.042nd Post PSA <.1 10/30/2008
Prostate cancer is a slow growth cancer. I wouldn't worry about waiting a few weeks for the biopsy. If you have cancer, you caught it early and have many options available to you.
Use the time to research treatment options. It took me a while to get comfortable with the option I ultimately chose. It was about 4 months from the time I was referred to a urologist to get a biopsy until I had surgery.
I'm not a doctor or medical person, but I think it is extremely unlikely that your back pain is related to prostate cancer with a PSA of 3.9. I would expect a much higher PSA for there to be a connection there.
I know how you feel though. I had similar concerns. It wasn't until I actually had surgery that I had a comfort level that it wasn't in my bones or otherwise spread. Patrick Walshs book has a lot of information and may help to put your mind at ease.
There is no way any of us here - or your doctor for that matter - can really answer your question about your "odds" for PCa, other than just quoting broad statistics. And those odds would predict that you do NOT have it!
Having said, that I still think your choice to have a biopsy is a good one. Please ask ahead of time if yours will be done under anesthesia or not...that makes a real difference in your comfort during the procedure...not so much re after affects (which are generally mild).
I'm sure all of us worried between the time we made the biopsy decision and the time it was done, so I would be less than candid to advise you not to worry. However, as other have posted, even if you get bad news the cancer is generally slow growing and you shouldn't worry about harm from the dealy. And, if the news is bad, you probably caught it very early so you have lots of treatment options.
I'm hoping you get good news, however, so please come back and let us know. And, try to enjoy the holidays!