John Zambelli said...
Wow you had a lot of samples!
I just read the stuff the doctors office gave me and it says they take "at least 8 samples" no mention of 40 something. As far as I know I am not going under antyhing and frankly they did not say anything about numbing me first but that just may be so standard that the don't even say it...!
The procedure is done in one of the doctors offices wher they are set up to do this proceedure so no hospital. The doctor Dr. Chang has a great background...Harvard educated, Columbia Med School and he is the Chairman of Urology at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson NJ. Has anyone ever used him? Know him? Any feedback would be great.
My doctor recommended this more extensive biopsy because of my family history. Since my father had very aggressive cancer at age 74 that was highly involved in the whole prostate, it was a more cautious approach than the standard test. All of the samples were accurately mapped to
locations in my prostate so if anything was found a good, exact
location could be determined. Also with more samples is more assurance that any cancer will not be missed. In the end it was a very good choice for me.
If you are interested I have a post here on the biopsy process. It is called Stereotactic Transperineal Prostate Biopsy. The procedure is obviously not for everyone but if you are interested I’ve posted information here and on my web blog in my signature too. A link to the paper my doctor, Dr. Brian J. Moran wrote on this biopsy procedure can be found at www.prostateimplant.com/pdf/news/2.pdf,
Right now just collect all of the information you can and browse the conversations here. You will be surprised at all of the collective knowledge and experiences you can find. In knowledge is peace. Fear not and forge ahead.
I am age 47 - Father, Paternal Uncle and Maternal Grandfather had/have Prostate Cancer.
Father 74 years old, PSA = 10.6 Gleason = 5 + 5 = 10 (very aggressive) and high involvement in all cores. Seed therapy is the only option. Father died cancer free.
6/4/08 - At physical DRE normal, PSA test returns 4.4
6/20/08 - First Urologist visit. DRE and ultrasound finds nothing conclusive. Doctor says biopsy is the only safe way to go. Prostate volume is 40 grams.
7/11/08 - PSA test returns 4.1. Scheduled the Stereotactic Transperineal Prostate Biopsy for 7/21
7/21/08 - Had the biopsy. Not so bad but sore on day 2. Back to work tomorrow
See my blog http://www.imfightingcancer.com
7/23/08 - Pathology comes back NO CANCER DETECTED!