Before I had treatment I was wondering the same thing. Everything I read indicated there is no evidence that a biopsy has ever caused cancer to spread. Regardless, being the skeptic I am I worried about
this and a host of other things.
On a more practical note though, every person who has undergone treatment has had to march down the same biopsy road. That means that by far the majority who are cured or at least held in check without further spred have uncurred the same issue. In other words, the same good statistics are true and include the biopsy. Not only that why worry about
it because regardless there is no alternative to the biopsy anyway. For me, I wanted to secure treatment as quick as possible so this and all other worries could be moved to the other side of treatment. Once you have the surgery the pathology report will be the best indicator of what has happened down there and what remedies need to be applied. Blessings on your doc search.
Age 61 (now 62)
Original data - pre-operation
T1C 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 negative
Lupron 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 19th
Post operative - pathology
pT2c NX MX
Margins - negative
Extraprostatic extension - negative
seminal vesicle invasion - uninvolved
1st Post PSA <.04
2nd Post PSA <.1 10/30/2008