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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 6/14/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone, well i had the biopsy on this past mon. i was 10th out of 22 people that day. my dr has a money machine. he owns the bldg with another dr. they do prostate kidney stones and whatever women get done because it was packed with them too. it was like a mini assembly line. little bed wait your turn have some juice thx for coming. well anyway i get my results this mon the 16th. i get a call this morning from the dr's office. im shaking like a leaf. the nurse says hi sir we have bad news. my heart is in my throat. she goes on the dr has to cancel your appt. on monday he has jury duty. Im telling you i almost had a stroke you cant make this stuff up. my wife wanted to go down there with a bat. man this is crazy.
hey thanks for listening ill let you folks know


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   Posted 6/14/2008 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Rick,

Incredible!  I can't believe the office would handle the phone call the way they did.  Your wife has a right to be fightin' mad.  Sorry for the wait.  It is really frustrating.

I guess the only thing to do is feel good that you completed the test and will therefore know something!

Do you have any idea of when they'll see you?

Hang in there, Rick.

Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho") - Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator


Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  09/11/2007  <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

3rd PSA  03/17/2008  <0.04

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   Posted 6/14/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
hi idaho,

nope she told me they would call to reschedule the appt. But there was even more to that conversation that i left out. when she said jury duty. i flipped out."jury duty i said what if he is on a murder case for 6 months do i have to wait till its over"? sir your being unreasonable, she said.i told her "i dont care if his grandmother is sitting in the room with my chart i will be there at 315pm mon afternoon for my results. sir she says we will call you when we know the dr's availability thx click. if this was ant serious you would laugh your butt offf like it was a comedy sketch.


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   Posted 6/14/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Really amazing, Rick.
My free advice... If the doctor doesn't get out of jury duty on Monday, find out if there is another doctor in the clinic that can help you.  If not, you paid for the biopsy!  The results are yours.  The results won't change with the doctor who reads them to you.
You can get your results and records transferred to another doctor and that doctor can read the results to you. 
Just a thought.

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 6/14/2008 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
True, we or at least our insurance pays the bills but good luck in getting the results without the doctors okay.  I been there done that. You may get lucky and some nurse takes a chance but otherwise be prepared to wait.
Here is hoping you get Great News.
Richard yeah tongue yeah
Retired USAF Richard & Debbie on The Shores of Toledo Bend Lake Louisiana
Biospy 1/10/08 Gleason 10, Stage T1C  8 of 12 samples positive all Less Than 5% 
Jan & Feb & Mar all tests clear
MD Anderson = No surgery and No Proton only Hormone and IMRT
Contacted with Loma Linda and UFPTI in FL
Started Treatment at the U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in April 2008
May 2, 2008 LUPRON & Casodex
IMRT to started  5/27/2008 Will get 42 treatments 19 IMRT and then 23 Proton
Turn Stumbling Blocks into Steping Stones and Keep Smiling
Our Journey is on WWW.GLEASON10.COM

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   Posted 6/14/2008 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm proud of you and your attitude. And Idaho's advice is what I would have suggested.

As Dr. Strum says, "M.D. does not stand for 'medical deity'. The days when docs treated patients without compassion and, at least, a little common sense for our feelings, are over.

Hang tough!

1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
8/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA still undetectable, but get Lupron shot to bring T down from 27
2/2008 Trip to Houston – PSA now 0.5 and nodules larger. Lupron shot.
6/2008 Trip to Houston - PSA undetectable, T is 20 and only one nodule has grown (from 8mm to 12mm). Feeling much more confident than after 2/2008 reports

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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 234
   Posted 6/14/2008 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Rick,

1st I hope that your biopsy is negative. I would call my primary Dr.s office on Monday morning and have them request the results from the pathologist that read them for your urologist. One of the worst parts of dealing with cancer is we the patients always have to play the waiting game. I think we should be able to call the labs and get any test results on our body as soon as they are done, instead of waiting until the Dr. has time to see us and charge us for a follow up visit. I guess this is so the medical field can have more control over our time and money.

Sorry to sound loke such a complainer but waiting does get frusterating.


Warm wishes


Rick & Diana
Age 68/ 67@ Dx
6-30-06  PSA 2.54
1-22-07  PSA 4.98
1-26-07  PSA 5.09
Diag: 2-14-07 Gleason 8 Stage T1c PSA 5.09
Bone Scan 3-1-07 Clear
3-6-07 Triple Spinal Fusion (due to old back injury)
Radical retropubic surgery 4-2-07  Post surgery Gleason 9 Stage T3a Positive margins
4-29-07 PSA 0.02
6-9-07   PSA 0.02
7-6-07   PSA 0.03
8-1-07   CT Scan & Chest X-Ray   Clean
 9-26-2007 PSA 0.07
11/1/07 PSA 0.1
11/30/07 PSA 0.12
01/31/2008 PSA 0.3
03/01/2008 PSA 0.3
04/28/08 PSA 0.6

Been there
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 22
   Posted 6/16/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Here is something you might try, if you want to hang tough. Go to the lab that did the pathology report on your biopsy. Tell them who you are, tell them you want a copy of the results of your biopsy. The report belongs to you, you pay for it. Sometimes when things like this happen it is not the doctors fault, he has a gal working in his office who thinks she is the office decision maker. It maybe the only job she has ever had, she has a high school education but thinks because she works in a doctors office she graduated from medical school. Tell your urologist what happened and how you were treated and also look for another urologist.

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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 176
   Posted 6/18/2008 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   
rick, sorry to hear about them putting you on hold like that. very poor patient management. it brought back memories of my own bad experience. my doc called me to let me know i had cancer and apologized for telling me on the phone but that he was leaving the next morning for a 3 week vacation! "try to stay calm about it" he told me, and "i could make an appointment when he returned."

in that three weeks, i found this site, and had appointments with 2-3 uros and a radiology oncologist. i will tell you that finding this site was more helpful than any of the dr. appointments in maintaining a rational perspective and becoming informed about prostate cancer. there is no better group than this one to support you until you know and after if you still need support.

i'd get your path report and move on to find another doc. sounds like your doc's a bit clueless to the human side of practicing medicine.
42 yo. now
5/07 PSA 4.65 at routine physical
6/07 biopsy positive for cancer...Gleason 3+4...diagnosed at 41 y.o.
6/07-9/07 manic research and interviews with physicians across the country in search of the "right" decision.  I went to Mass General in Boston, Loma Linda, University of Chicago and Northwestern.
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona.  Thankful the father of the PSA test was right here in Chicago.
Post op pathology was Gleason 3+4 with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g.  
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...
12/07 - Threw out the pads.  I only had to use 1 pad per day for protection against minor drips. 
I started Trimix 8 weeks after surgery with success.
I hope someday I won't need injections, but I hope more that my PSA stays at 0 forever.

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