These posts indicate one of the problems with PCa, if a needle does not contact cancer during the biopsy there is no cancer.
zippy had 3 or 12 with cancel the first one and then only one of 45 with cancer.
I had 2 negative biopsys and some feel I have had cancer for years (Gleason 9) and that the samples just did not find the PCa.
I have come to believe that the more samples taken over a wider area of the prostate the better. With the newer methods (lots less discomfort) more samples would be my request to my urologist. I agree there should be nothing done on the 'cheap'.
Retired USAF Richard & Debbie on The Shores of Toledo Bend Lake Louisiana
Neg Bios 1997 & 2000 PSA within considered normal range
11/06 PSA 1.9 PSA 11/07 was 4.9 PSA 12/07 was 7.7 MDA 2/12/08 3.3 On Proscar so shud double
Biospy 1/10/08 Gleason score (4+5)9, Stage T1C 8 of 12 samples positive
Bone scan 1/17/08 hot spot on ribs, CT shows rib enjury CT CHest 1/30/08 Clear
M.D. Anderson appt 2/12/08 CT Abdomin & Pelvis Clear Recommended Hormone&Radiation
2/19/08 Dr Fagin, Austin, TX did not recommend surgery based on medical history
2/22/08 Contacted U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute - Appt 3/13/08 awaiting acceptance
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