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   Posted 11/29/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
OK-- the time is getting closer. Tomorrow I have my biopsy (under sedation).
I plan to go back to work (University Prof) on Thursday.
I plan to drive home (2 1/2 hours) on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Is this realistic?
I'm usually quite active/animated in the classroom. I can slow that down, of course.
PSA-- 3/08--2.90;  8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%), this after 45 days on cipro!
History of BPH/prostatitis.
Awaiting results of my PCA-3 test which will determine whether a biopsy is in my immediate future. Just in: BAD NEWS: PCA-3 = 75.9! Cut-off is 35. Biopsy scheduled for 11/30

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   Posted 11/29/2009 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe from the patients I have seen write on forums like this, that it varies alot. Probably you will do just fine. I can mention my own fun in having biopsies. Uro-doc never informed me about anesthetics or the total number of biopsies I was getting or not alot on what to expect (maybe just a little).

Well it hurts a little like a rubber band being snapped on your behind is similar. After I had the first 6 he paused and I said oh thank G__ that is over...then he said we are half way through (LOL-on it now). After it was over went to the bathroom and took a leak and did not have blood in urine, or atleast I could not see that it was really much different. I must of healed pretty fast as I had no detection of weird colorings or issues. Was tender and sitting might not feel the same for a while. I drove myself home after the biopsies and yeah you could probably go back to your duties very soon, maybe with some discomfort. I was 51 at the time and in very good shape, maybe that helped some.

You will get through that little gig as we other brothers, herein have done. Hope you took some advice and see that the slides go to one of those few type experts, in Michigan Dr. Grignon is considered among the list of experts, per Dr. Strums short list he mentions. However Bostwick, Epstein, Oppenheimer are highly praised on there skills. Best to you. My brother was diagnosed with stats similar to "indolent" PCa definitions, that was 5-yrs. ago now and has done nothing (W.W.-surveliance) his psa has not changed, he is in no hurry to make that big decision. That is a personal decision for the guy who has PCa, probably not insane either.


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   Posted 11/29/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   


  ..very much so.....I was sedated as well,  more of a "twilight state" that way I didn't have to go to the recovery room. Don't remember a thing about the biopsy, fine with me.....went back to work the next day. Good luck, you'll do fine..

  age: 53 @ Dx, Pre-op PSA Feb 08' 5.0, April 08' 4.1
  Biopsy 5.1.08, 5 of 15 cores postive, T2a, Gleason 3+4=7
  DaVinci performed 7.29.08
  Bladder sling installed, umbilical hernia repaired during surgery.
  Path report, "cancer fully contained, margins clear".
  Cath removed 8.8.08, ED therapy begins 8.9.08
  100mg Viagra three times a week, pump for ten minutes daily
  and hold for ten minutes.
  8.16.08 switched to Levitra 20mg, immediate results
  9.15.08 Pad free at night, one thin (light) pad during the day
  9.18.08 1st Post-op PSA Undetectable Zero's....Yes!
  12.22.08 2nd Post-op PSA  Zero's still...
  6.23.09 1yr Post-op PSA Still a zero..
  Pads gone 1.3.09, finally found the courage...Thanks ya'll
          ".....tryin' to reason with hurricane season...."

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   Posted 11/29/2009 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I played golf both times the day after my normal 12 needle biopsies. I know some here insist on being sedated for them but I don't understand why. It's really not that big an ordeal.

Yes Mel please slow down we are not a class of 19 year olds. Your hyperactive personality will not serve you well fighting PCa. It's best to be patient, take awhile to study your options and possible after effects. In your case you're in big trouble there.
Diagnosed 11/08/07 - Age: 58 - 3 of 12 @5%
Psa: 2.3 - 3+3=6 - Size: 34g -T-2-A
2/22/08 - 3D Mapping Saturation Biopsy - 1 of 45 @2% - Psa:2.1 - 3+3=6 - 28g after taking Avodart - Catheter for 1 day -Good Candidate for TFT(Targeted Focal Therapy) Cryosurgery(Ice Balls) - Clinical Research Study
4/22/08 - TFT performed at University of Colorado Medical Center - Catheter for 4 days - Slight soreness for 2 weeks but afterward life returns as normal
7/30/08 - Psa: .32
11/10/08 - Psa.62 - Not unexpected bounce after the 80% drop the quarter earlier. Along with urine flow readings, an acceptable amount left in bladder measured by sonic. Results warrant skipping third quarter tests, and to return April, 2009 for final biopsy scheduled to
complete clinical research study 
April 2009 12 of 12 Negative biopsy
10/12/09 - Psa .30

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   Posted 11/29/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
All I can tell you is how mine went. It was a non-event. I woke up fresh like from a good nap. My wife drove me home and I don't remember any pain whatsoever. It was a fourteen core biopsy. He told me to take it easy for a few days and I consider golf taking it easy, so I went out and played the next day. I had blood in my urine for about five days. I'm not telling you to go play golf. I am a crummy patient and that may be surprising considering my bio info, but I usually let my body tell me what to do or not do since I'm the owner. BTW, he told me that since my PSA was 6.5 and the DRE was negative, my chances of a "hit" on the biopsy were one in eleven. So I was not expecting PCa and I didn't worry about it in the interim. "Only worry about the things that you can do something about." My dad told me that about forty years ago.

Best of luck,


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   Posted 11/29/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I am pretty pain sensitive by nature, and I never found any of my 3 biopsies that big of a deal, under than feeling a bit violated having an object shoved up my a**. I had all mine late in the afternoon, and was back at work the next morning without any issues.

Pain is subjective, so I would never tell another brother whether he needs to be sedated, medicated or otherwise.

But Mel, I bet you are going to drive your doctor(s) wild with worry, lol. Just kidding.

Definitely need at least a chill pill.

David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place

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   Posted 11/29/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
By Thursday your body is not even going to remember that you had a biopsy. The largest difference in pain for different individuals seems to be during the procedure, not after. Unless you have a reaction to the sedative, driving on Tuesday seems perfectly reasonable.

Some tips for classroom activity. Leave your unicycle in the office until next week. Throwing bits of chalk at snoozing dullards is ok, but you may want to warm up by targeting the back of your department chairman as he walks down the hall. (If you happen to be a department chair then remember that, under the "fish in a barrel" rule, no points are awarded for chucking chalk at dozing deans.) If your lecture calls for a move that Tony Hawk wouldn't do -- skip it. Finally, if worse comes to worse, you can stand at the podium, speak in a monotone, and flip through power points faster than the students can get them into their notes -- no one will notice since it will seem the same as all the rest of their classes.
Age at diagnosis 66, PSA 5.5
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 8 positive
Gleason 3+4=7
CAT scan, Bone scan 1/09 both negative.

Robotic surgery 03/03/09 Catheter Out 03/08/09
Pathology: Lymph nodes & Seminal vesicles negative
Margins positive, Capsular penetration extensive Gleason 4+3=7
6 weeks: 1 pad/day, 1 pad/night -- mostly dry at night.
10 weeks: no pad at night -- slight leakage day/1 pad.
3 mo. PSA 0.0 - now light pads
6 mo. PSA 0.00 -- 1 light pad/day

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   Posted 11/29/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   


My observations.

1. I hated my biopsy. I absolutely positively could not work the day after. However on the next day I went camping on the Current River with my wife and had a wonderful weekend.

2. Overall I hated my biopsy more than my robotic surgery.

3. I have two friends that had the exact type of biopsy one prior to mine one after. Both swear, absolutely swear, that it was a walk in the park!!! Both worked the next day. More amazing to me is that they did activities the day of the biopsy. One went to a movie and the other went out to eat. I had to stay in bed for the duration. All three of us had no sedation, and 12 cores. Both of my friends also attest that going to the dentist is worse. I would suggest that both really need to get a different dentist based on my biopsy experience.

4. I had absolutely no blood in my urine until day 7. And for what ever reason for about 5 hours I had what I thought was an alarming amount of blood (no pain) but it just suddenly stopped and never came back.

Message…Everybody is different, nobody that I can find has ever died during a biopsy, small amount of blood in the urine looks massive but in reality it is not. Obviously I was a real weenie!! (pun intended) when it came to my biopsy.

BTW, I love the hyperactivity in your post. I can feel the passion and I love it. I’d think it would be neat to set through a few of your lectures.... Any posted on YouTube? We need people like you to advocate on our behalf. I hope like heck that your not a member of this fellowship after the results of your biopsy are known. But I’d be willing to bet that you’ll be a great ombudsman for the cause either way.

I’ll light a candle for you tonight.


Age 51, PSA 08/31/2009= 6.8, DRE Neg.
Biopsy 9/24/09 =10 of 12 positive. Gleason 6. 75% of one core.
da Vinci at Wash U, Barnes on 11/02/09
Pathology Changed Gleason to 4 + 3 = 7. Gleason 7 present in all 4 quadrants
All(4)periprostatic Lymph Nodes Negative, All(10)pelvic Lymph Nodes negative
Seminal Vesicles tumor free. No prostate extension

John T
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   Posted 11/29/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   

YOu will have a dul pain for about 4 hours; then you can do anything.


64 years old.

PSA rising for 10 years to 40, free psa 10-15. Had 5 urologists, 12 biopsies and MRIS all neg. Doctors DXed BPH and continue to get biopsies yearly. 13th biopsy positive in 10-08, 2 cores of 25, G6 less than 5%. Scheduled for surgery as recommended by Urological Oncologist.

2nd Opinion from Dr Sholtz, a Prostate Oncologist, said DX wrong, pathology shows indolant cancer, but psa history indicates large cancer or metastasis. Futher tests and Color Doppler confirmed large transition zone tumor that 13 biopsies and MRIS missed. G7, 4+3, approx 16mmX18mm.

Combidex MRI in Holland eliminated lymphnode mets. Casodex and Proscar reduced psa to 0.6 and prostate from 60mm to 32mm. Changed diet, no meat and dairy. All staging tests indicate that tumor is local and non agressive. (PAP, PCA3, MRIS, Color Doppler, Combidex, tumor reaction to diet and Casodex, and tumor location in transition zone). Surgery a poor option because tumor is located next to the urethea and positive margin is very likely; permanent incontenance is also high probability with surgery.

Seed implants on 5-19-09, 3 hours door to door, no pain, minor side affects are frequency and urgency; very controlable with Flowmax and lasted 4 weeks. Daily activities resumed day after implants with no restrictions. Gold markers implanted with seeds to guide IMRT.

25 treatments of IMRT 6 weeks after seed implants. No side affects at all.

PSA at end of treatment 0.02 mostly the result of Casodex. When I stop Casodex next week expect PSA to rise. Next PSA in November. Treatments and side affects have greatly exceeded my expectations. Glad to have this 11 year journey finally conclude.


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   Posted 11/29/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine went very well. A couple of deadening shots and then 12 thumps as he took the samlems. I had soe blood in my urine hat night. There was some blood in my semen for a week or so but less each time. Driving and working the rest of the day was not a problem.
Age: 63
Gleason: 8 (5+3) Biopsys ranged from 90% to 100%
Refused surgery and hormone therapy. Doctor really made an argument for benefits of hormone therapy, I could not accept the consequences.
Just finished 17 of 28 daily radiation treatments.  Will then get seed implants.  (Edit notation: Plan is now to do High Dose Rate Brachytherapy)
PSA: 13
Let the chips fall where they may.

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   Posted 11/29/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I was not sedated. I worked the morning of the biopsy and came home at lunch and gave myself the dreaded enema. The biopsy took look than 15 minutes and I drove myself home. I went to work the next day(sore in the rear). The doctor called me on Friday at 3:00 p.m. and said "You have cancer"...... then I started doing everything you are doing now. Like Jack, blood in the urine didn't start until day 6 or 7. It scared the xxxx out of me.
Age 49
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
Robotic Surgery May 9, 2008 - houston, tx
Pathology report -gleason 8, clear margins
12 month  PSA <.04 (low as the machine will go)
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue but getting better

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   Posted 11/29/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Mel, no problem driving home Tuesday and no problem going back to work on Thursday...why not work Wednesday?...maybe it will take your mind off this!


Age 62, Gleason 4 +3 = 7, T1C, PSA 4.2, 2 of 16 cores cancerous, 27cc
Brachytherapy December 9, 2008.  73 Iodine-125 seeds.  Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort.  Regular activities resumed, everything continues to function normally as of 9/1/09.  6 month PSA  1.4 and my docs are "delighted"!

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   Posted 11/29/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mel,

I had a local anesthetic for the biopsy. The doctor apologized for having to take a 13th sample saying that one of them was defective. I didn't really care because it wasn't at all painful. I didn't like being violated and I didn't like having to give myself an enema. Beyond that it was a non event. I walked out of the doctor's office as if I had no more than a DRE.

Wishing you good luck,
Age 70, First ever PSA 7.8 taken June 2008, Biopsy July 2008, 10 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3=6
da Vinci surgery December 10, 2008, catheter removed December 29 2008
St. Lukes Hospital, Bethlehem, Pa.
Dr. Frank Tamarkin
Prostate weight 73.0 grams, Gleason 3+3=6, stage pT3a
Tumor locations: right anterior apex, right posterior apex to mid
left anterior mid to base, left posterior apex to mid
extensive perineural invasion in right anterior apex, right and left posterior apex to mid
seminal vesicles negative
Four PSA tests undetectable, latest Oct 30

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   Posted 11/29/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I was back at work the next day. No problem.
Age 51
March 08 PSA prior to biopsy 6.65
PSA caught in life insurance exam.
Completely asymptomatic.
April 08 Biopsy: Gleason Grade 3+4=7
Tumor in 5 of 13 cores
July 22, 08 Radical Robotic Prostatectomy
All nerves spared
Pathology: Margins clean, Seminal Vesicles negative for tumor
Gleason Grade 3+4=7 Percent Gleason Grade 4-20% no Gleason grade 5.
First post-op PSA scheduled for 10/08
Very minor incontinence since catheter removal on 7/29
ED assisted by low dose of Levitra. So far so good.
I feel very, very lucky.
First post op PSA 11/19/08 <.02 undetectable!
Second post op PSA 2/18/09 <.01 undetectable!
Third Post op PSA Zero!!! No test until 7/22/2010

Worried Guy
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   Posted 11/29/2009 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
You will be able to work the next day so save your sick day for some day when you really need it.

I had a 12 needle biopsy. 10 of them were fine. But 2 were so bad they brought tears to my eyes. So not only does it vary from person to person, it varies from shot to shot.

If you need cheering up think of the view the Uro is getting. That made me laugh. I was tempted to draw a smiley face on my butt but my wife wouldn't let me.

Relax and go with the flow.
Good luck,
DX Age 56. First routine PSA test on April 8th: 17.8.
May PSA: 22.6, 3 weeks later: PSA: 23.2.
Biopsy 6/10/09: 7/12 scores positive, Gleason 6=3+3. Bone scan and C/T scan negative.
RP DaVinci -7/21/2009 @ Univ of Roch Medical Center
Left nerve gone, right partial spared.
Catheter removed - 7/31/2009 Pathology report received:
Gleason 3+4=7 Tumor size: 2.5 x 1.8 cm location: both lobes and apex. No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Extraprostatic extension present; Perineural invasion: present, extensive
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX
Post Surgery Status:
Potency - 10/31 3 months, Still no activity, nada, zip
Incontinence - 8/20 4 full pads per day
. 9/7 3-4 full pads per day (I'm going to try cutting down on fluids. Bad idea. I know.)
9/27 2 months: Still 3 pads per day.
11/14 4 month: Still 3 pads per day. 420ml/day, 91 um leak. At this rate I'll be fine in 2012.
Post Surgery PSA - 9/3 6 weeks- 0.05, 10/13 3 months- 0.04 undetectable.

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   Posted 11/29/2009 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I did not have sedation nor was I prepared mentally for a biopsy. I went in for a rectal check and the doctor found the nodule and took me right into the biopsy room. I will admit it was a terrible experience while awake but afterwards I collected myself and went back to work the same day. Really no major side effects for me.

good luck and peace to you
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 47 (current)

My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes (3 positive) was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids
latest PSA 5-27-08 0.11

PSA July 24th, 2008 is 0.04
PSA Dec 16th, 2008 is .016
PSA Mar 30th, 2009 is .02
PSA July 28th 2009 is .01
PSA OCt 15th 2009 is .11

Testosterone keeps rising, the current number is 156, up from 57 in May

T level dropped to 37 Mar 30th, 2009
cancer in 4 of 6 cores

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   Posted 11/29/2009 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
You will be fine. The vast majority of guys have no problems at all. email me. you need to talk to someone to not be so apprehensive. It will be ok.
46 at Diagnosis.
Father died of Pca 4/07 at 86.
10/07 PSA 5.06 (Biopsy 11/07 1 of 12 with 8% involvment) (1mm)
Da Vinci surgery Jan 5, '08 at Mt. Sinai Hosp. NYC
Saved both nerve bundles.
Path Report: Stage T2cNxMx
-Gleason (3+3)6
Pad free on March 14 - (10 weeks.) Never a problem since.
ED - at one year, ED is fine with viagra.
One year PSA - undectable!

ED Website: - frank discussions of Erectile Dysfunction - check it out.

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   Posted 11/29/2009 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel: I'll chime in with the guy who said it wasn't as bad as going to the dentist - it was over in 10 minutes, the numbing shots didn't hurt, and none of the 12 cores were felt. I really can't even say I was sore that day or the days following. The worst part was the more thorough than usual DRE that preceded the biopsy. I went to a three hour event the same evening at which I was sitting the entire time. You'll do great . . . save the sick days.
DOB=March 1959
PSAs (*s done @ uro's lab; others @ family doc): 10/05=1.2; *10/06=1.22; *12/07=1.68; 08/08=1.5; *12/08=1.93; 04/09=2.9; 04/09retest=3.4; %fPSA=15%; *05/13=3.17; *08/09=3.45; 10/09=3.7; DRES=neg.;
06/09 Biopsy=12 benign cores, 3 cores show prostatitis.

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   Posted 11/29/2009 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   

I would say that the reason there is variation is not only the difference in pain tolerance, but also the skill, and sometimes the luck, of the doctor performing the biopsy. Also, as you might have noticed, some use a sedative and some do not. I have read that some docs don't even use a local anesthetic (until they had to get a biopsy themselves).

I couldn't pee for a couple hours until they had me drink a lot, and I passed a blood clot. Felt weird but not really painful. Blood in the urine goes away pretty fast. Blood in the semen looks bad but doesn't hurt.

Diagnosis at age 53. PSA 2007 about 2; PSA 2008 4.3
Biopsy September 2008: 6 of 12 cores positive; Gleason 4+3 = 7
CT and Bone scan negative
Da Vinci surgery at City of Hope December 8, 2008
Radical prostatectomy and lymph node dissection
Catheter out on 7th day, replaced on 8th day, out again 14th day following negative cystogram
Pathology: pT2c; lymph nodes negative; margins involved; 41 grams, 8% involved by tumor; same Gleason 4+3=7
PSA 1/22/08 non-detectable! 8-)
4/23/09, 07/30/09, Oct 2009 still undetectable!

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   Posted 11/29/2009 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
My experience was a lot like Zufus. After the first 'rubber band snap on the butt', the doc said, "that's as bad as it will be". OK, I thought, I can handle a couple more of these. "How many are left to go?" (expecting an answer like 3 or maybe 4). "Uhhh, well...eleven" (insert unprintable thought here). More disconserting were the rotations and gyrations of the ultrasound probe to guide the 'shots'. All in all, though, not too bad. Just a 'grin and bear it' half hour or so. Not terribly sore after.

One other thing they either don't tell you, or minimize is "there will be some blood in your semen for the first few times after the biopsy." This means what appears to be pure, thick blood the first time. Might freak you out a bit, but normal.

You're going to get through this little indignity fine.
51 YO
PSA at Dx: 8.2
DaVinci RALP: 10/31/08 -- Great MD in New Haven, CT
Negative margins, no extra-capsular involvement
One nerve spared
PSA at 0 for just over a year now.

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   Posted 11/30/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Rolerbe- looks like about the same fun biopsy experience (LOL). Glad we did not get 20-24 biopsies.

Today is for Mel -(compiler)- I am sure we will hear how this episode worked out for him, hoping it was a non-event. Likely he will post on this so others know, too.

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   Posted 11/30/2009 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband had local anesthetic for his biopsy around 11 am, after that he went back to work until 6pm at that day.

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   Posted 12/1/2009 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I was under sedation for my biopsy, but the Doc wanted to do a 24 core saturation biopsy and told me I would be happier knocked out.  I wasn't about to argue with him.  I went back to work the next day.
Age 48 at diagnosis
3 Jul 08 PSA 27.21
Biopsy positive 3+3=6 on 9 of 24 punches
Bone scan clear
22 Sep 08 Laproscopic Radical Prostatectomy and bilateral pelvic Lymphadenectomy
Gleason 3+4=7 after prostate removal, lymph nodes clear
Stage T2B
PSA at 3 months=undetectable
6 month PSA still 0
14 Sep 09 PSA .014

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   Posted 12/1/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
The only issue I had was that uncomfortable feeling when seeing blood come out of my penis.

V10.46 Dx Feb-09
RRP 5-5-09
No adverse SE
PSA 6-19-09 -0-
PSA 9-21-09 -0-
Thriving, not just surviving!

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   Posted 12/1/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I must have had a different procedure. I didnt have any sedation, nurse told me they inserted gel to numb the area...nada... which after what I felt would highly recommend getting knocked out!! The probe/camera was very uncomfortable, needles were ok some more painful then others. Not sure if normal they left a knotted gause in there to stop the bleeding inside which I had to pull out an hour after. The blood clots while urinating was very scarey, had some in stool that just burned slightly. I would have never been able to drive after. I drank a ton of water which helped clean the blood out. First 24 hours was worse for me, next day was sore but OK. Much worse then the surgery....
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).
4 Post OP PSA's from 9/2008 to 6/2009: <0.1

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