So, had the biopsy today...more uncomfortable than painful...about
what I expected after reading myself silly on this site and others. Uro noticed what he termed "an odd protuberance" extending from the left apex. He's been doing this 17 years and said that was exceptionally rare. Swell...I'd rather not be different...and, of course, in my paranoid mind it is certainly a pocket of cancer fighting its way out. Uro took a couple extra core samples in that area...apologized for the two extra minutes and sticks. What the heck, I figured...you're already up there...take a good look around.
Ultrasound showed a small prostate of about 20cc. That stoked my paranoia as well. It seems (to me) that high PSA readings are often caused by an enlarged gland...so having a (relatively high for my age) PSA and knowing that the prostate is small just seemed to make the likelyhood of PCa greater. So, I went home and Googled it and found this summary http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=2930945 that seems to indicate there's some rational behind the thought. And then I did some more thinking??? Do they detect more PCA in smaller prostates because it is simply a smaller area and 12 cores have a better chance of hitting something in a 20cc prostate than in an 80 cc prostate??? Or is it because of what I hinted above...high PSA leads to biopsy and small prostate rules out one cause of high PSA...making PCa more likely? I need to stop reading/thinking so much (but it's so hard not to!!)
Results should be in Friday afternoon...will be an interesting 48 hours.
I'll work on the signiture thing if/when it needs updated Friday...until then...45 yrs. old 3 recent PSA tests all similar and averaged 3.06.