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Banker
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 10/8/2008 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
What is a transrectal MRI? How is it conducted? This is procedure my doc is sending me to get.   I can't seem to find anybody to help explain what it is...and what happens. thanks.
born 1952
diagnosed with HIV 2001
PSA--ranged from 2-7
2 previous biopsies-all negative
diagnosed with prostate cancer:Sept 30, 2008
Gleason Score 3+4=7
 


Magaboo
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 1210
   Posted 10/8/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Banker,
I've never heard of this procedure either, but here is a URL for a site with good info.
 
 
All the best to you.
 
Magaboo

Born Sept., 1936
PSA 7.9
Stage T1C
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7
2 of 8 positive
open RP 28 Nov 06
Post op staging T3a
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06
Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08
Next step: Salvage RT


Bluenose
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 10/8/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   

 

.....hey Banker.  Just Google it, you'll find all you need to know.......and just to let you know, it's not bad at all. Just another one of those fun filled procedures we all love to go through, honestly though, it wasn't bad......I might add I did take a couple magic tablets to help calm me before going in the tube, and then you don't go in all the way......


 
   age: 53
   Pre-0p PSA  Feb. 08, 5.0
      4.22.08, 4.1
      PSA  spiked once about 8yrs ago to 5.0 three months later
      back to 2.9...then into the 1.2 range until my re-scheduled 
      "missed" appointment this past Feb.
      Biopsy 5.1.08 
      Gleason-3+4=7
      T2a
      5 of 15 cores positive
      Da Vinci scheduled..7.29.08..as I read somewhere on this 
      site....."the first show of the day"
       DaVinci completed 7.29.08, Bladder Sling installed, hernia repair 
       completed during surgery.    
        Sent home 30hrs,  JP drain in place 7days,
       Path report "cancer fully contained"....Margins clear
        Cath removed 8.8.08(ten days)...one lightly used pad 24 hours
        ED therapy begins 8.9.08. 100mg viagra three times a week,
        pump everyday and hold for ten minutes.
        8.16.08 switched to Levitra 20mg.......whahoo, got lucky...
        immediate results..... 
        9.15.08 pad free at night, one thin (light) pad during the daytime
        hours. Just because I'm chicken..!
         9.18.08 1st post-0p-PSA-Undetectable...Zero's!  Yes!
 
           ..."just tryin' to reason with hurricane season"..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       


Doting Daughter
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1064
   Posted 10/8/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure you want to know :) We actually didn't tell my dad exactly what the transrectal MRI entailed, so he was not very happy with us when he came out. Needless to say, it is supposed to be more accurate, however, it said my dad's lymph nodes were negative and the path report found a positive lymph node, so I would be sure and speak with your Dr about the accuracy. I believe it is important if you are trying to spare the nerves because it gives a pretty detailed look and gives the surgeon an idea of how close the cancer comes to the nerves.
Father's Age 62 (now 63)
Original Gleason 3+4=7, Post-Op Gleason- 4+3=7,
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin, One positive node. T3a N1 M0.
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07, Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yrs
Radiation March 03-April 22, 2008- 8 weeks 5x a week
July 2, 08 PSA <.02
Praying for a cured dad.

Co-Moderator Prostate Cancer Forum


SHU93
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 328
   Posted 10/8/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I had one done before my surgery. It gives the doctor a view good view of the area around and including the prostate. To be honest with you, which we are here in the forum I am not sure how I made it through it. They insert a coil with a balloon at the end into your rectum. They then blow up the balloon to ensure it stays intact during the MRI. I had to have a enema the night before to ensure all was clear. I then went into the tube for 42 minutes. They also run an iv for mri with contrast. The pain and discomfort was very difficult to deal, what got me through it is I a convince was the grace of God. I prayed and pictured in my mind my kids and wife and kept thinking of them. I also says prayers during it to keep my mind off of the pain and discomfort. If I had to do this test again I would demand my doctor to give me some sort of medication to get through it. I also experienced spasm in my lower instestine for two days after the removed the coil. It is a important test for the Doctor to get a better understanding of what is going on so it should be done but it was tough for me.
Age Dx 37, 7/2008
First PSA : 4.17 5/2008
Second PSA After 2 weeks of antibiotics : 3.9 6/2008
DRE: Negative 5/2008
Biopsy : 6 out 12 Postive all on right side, Gleason 7 (3+4).
Bone Scan/CAT Scan: Clear 7/2008
Cystoscope: Normal 7/2008
Prostate MRI: Normal 7/2008
Da Vinci Surgery 7/2008
PostOp: T2c (On Both sides), margins clear, seminal clear, nodes, clear. Gleason 6(3+3).
First PostOp PSA 9/2008: <0.01
2nd PSA 12/2008: Praying for <0.01
 


Banker
Regular Member


Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 10/8/2008 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I spoke to the technician this afternoon. In his words, "it's not bad," then included that he had never had one himself. After he gave the details, I took many deep breaths. It sounds hideous...perhaps worse than the biopsy, which i thought was pretty difficult, too. Sounds like medication to help get through it would be helpful. Also, shu93, your technique of focusing on positive thoughts seem to work as well. I'll be trying all of that.
born 1952
diagnosed with HIV 2001
PSA--ranged from 2-7
2 previous biopsies-all negative
diagnosed with prostate cancer:Sept 30, 2008
Gleason Score 3+4=7
 


Bluenose
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 10/8/2008 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   

 

....ya' know, this is a great site, but I'm telling ya' banker, it ain't nothing...considering what it is we're dealing with......and I'm talking about the PCa, not the procedure....the worrying is the worst part...it ain't bad, have em' put on your favorite radio station and chill out.....heck, I can think of a lot worse procedures or test that are worse.....honest, this isn't nothing, don't get all worked up over it.....


 
   age: 53
   Pre-0p PSA  Feb. 08, 5.0
      4.22.08, 4.1
      PSA  spiked once about 8yrs ago to 5.0 three months later
      back to 2.9...then into the 1.2 range until my re-scheduled 
      "missed" appointment this past Feb.
      Biopsy 5.1.08 
      Gleason-3+4=7
      T2a
      5 of 15 cores positive
      Da Vinci scheduled..7.29.08..as I read somewhere on this 
      site....."the first show of the day"
       DaVinci completed 7.29.08, Bladder Sling installed, hernia repair 
       completed during surgery.    
        Sent home 30hrs,  JP drain in place 7days,
       Path report "cancer fully contained"....Margins clear
        Cath removed 8.8.08(ten days)...one lightly used pad 24 hours
        ED therapy begins 8.9.08. 100mg viagra three times a week,
        pump everyday and hold for ten minutes.
        8.16.08 switched to Levitra 20mg.......whahoo, got lucky...
        immediate results..... 
        9.15.08 pad free at night, one thin (light) pad during the daytime
        hours. Just because I'm chicken..!
         9.18.08 1st post-0p-PSA-Undetectable...Zero's!  Yes!
 
           ..."just tryin' to reason with hurricane season"..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       

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