finally, biopsy on Monday .

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ge125
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   Posted 6/17/2010 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
My biopsy is scheduled on Monday. I'll be glad when it's over, the last two weeks I've been dreading it but I'll be glad to get it done. My bout with prostatitis, which occurred in early January, has resulted in abnormally high PSA readings, a very low FREE PSA, and some abnormalities on DRE. Don't know what to expect, but at least i'll know something soon. Hoping the biopsy shows no cancer and simply (?) lingering effects of the prostatitis. Will post results when I get them. Thanks..

glenne125

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 6/17/2010 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   

Try this: As my URO was about to have his way with me (biopsy) I asked him if he was going to buy me dinner afterwards....He said his schedule was full but that he'd send me flowers....Maybe you'll have better luck getting the flowers tongue

Let us know how it goes...

 


Age 55   - 5'11"   215lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Biopsy - 03/04/08 -> Gleason 6 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
11/20/09 - 18 Month PSA -> less then .01
05/18/10 - 24 Month PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.


ge125
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   Posted 6/17/2010 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Lol..thanks....I'm always remembering an episode of NYPD Blue where Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) is told by his urologist of the date for their next appointment. He responds, "Thanks I'll draw a smiley face on my calendar so I remember."

glenne125

BB_Fan
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   Posted 6/17/2010 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Glenn, good luck. I know that many members here had bad experiences with their biopsy's. But for me it was a mere annoyance. BB
Dx with PC Dec 2008 at 56, PSA 3.4


Biopsy: T1c, Geason 7 (3+4) - 8 cores taken with 4 positive for PCa, 30% of all 4 cores.

Robotic Surgery March 2009 Hartford Hospital, Dr Wagner
Pathology Report: T2c, Geason 8, organ confined, negitive margins, lymph nodes negitive - tumor volume 9%
nerves spared, no negitive side effects of surgery

One night in hospital, back to work in 3 weeks

psa Jun 09 <.01
psa Oct 09 <.01
psa Jan 10 .07 re-test one week later .05
psa Mar 10 .28 re-test two weeks later .31
psa May 10  .50

Aril 10 MRI and Bone Scan show lesion on lower spine, false positive. 
 
Started HT 5/25/10 with 3 month shot of Trelstar. SRT scheduled for late July


ge125
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   Posted 6/17/2010 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I could certainly take a mere annoyance.......thanks!!!

Purgatory
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   Posted 6/17/2010 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
good luck on that biopsy. for me, not much of a pain deal, and feeling humiliated and abused by the probe, lol.
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, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, next one:  July
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 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12  same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, 5/24 put in Cath #17


ge125
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   Posted 6/17/2010 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks.again, abused and humiliated I can deal with. Practice makes perfect...

Purgatory
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   Posted 6/17/2010 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
i did 3 biopsies, first 2 were a year apart, 3rd and final was like 6 weeks after 2nd.
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, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, next one:  July
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 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12  same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, 5/24 put in Cath #17


Magaboo
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   Posted 6/17/2010 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my biopsy about 4 years ago. The anxiety before the procedure was pretty bad, but the actual rape wasn't that bad. I only had 8 samples take and it was all over quite quickly. It was uncomfortable of cause, but the pain for me was only about a 3/10. I found that the noise the machine made for each prick was worse than the actual pain. All in all, better than a root canal :-).
Hopefully you have similar experience.
All the best to you.

Magaboo
Born Sept 1936
PSA 7.9
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
Open RP 28 Nov 06 (nerve sparing), 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; 3 days before Rad Start=0.1
Salvage RT completed (33 sessions - 66 Grays) on the 19th Dec., 08.
PSA in Jan., 09=0.05; July 09=<0.04; JAN 10=<0.04


Aimzee
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   Posted 6/19/2010 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck, Glenne!  My husband said it was very uncomfortable, but nothing he couldn't handle.  Someone suggested that the doctor count after each sample taken.   He said it made it easier to know approximately how many were left.  Either way, you'll get through this!
 
Aimzee
Husband Ron, age 63
Had Progesterone shots for 6 months.  January PSA was .05. 
4/1/10 PSA 5.5  Prostate size = 50 cc.
On Cipro (antibiotic) for 16 days
Bone Scan/CT Negative
Biopsy 4/20/10  12 samples... Adenocarcinoma:  3 positive on right side,
one core left base (5% ` 0.5 mm) -  two cores of left lateral mid
(20% ~ 2mm, 10%, 10% ~ 1mm) - No Perineural Invasion
Gleason 6 (3+3)
Surgery to be scheduled: da Vinci Prostatectomy
 
(I do the posting for both of us.)


OKboy
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   Posted 6/19/2010 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Everyone is different, but my 12 core biopsy was not even close to what I had dreaded. I did take a low mg valium and hour before and a lortab as I walked through the door. The probe didn't feel any worse than the thorough DRE at the beginning. The snapping sound of the biopsy is a little startling, but I can not actually say that there was pain involved. I was a little sore for about 48 hours - nothing major - and attended a concert that evening where I sat for 3 hours. Here's wishing you the best.
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.


April6th
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   Posted 6/19/2010 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
My experience was very similar to OKboy--the doctor injected a nerve block that pretty much made the sample taking painless. The snaps startled me too. My penis had a mild sting for a couple of hours afterward but that was it. Good luck!

Dan
Here are some of my stats:
Age:54
Father diagnosed with PC at age 72 - wasn't contained to prostate when found in 1992.
My PSA rose from 3.2 to 5.1 over the course of 1.5 years with Free PSA at 25% for the last two tests.
DRE showed no evidence of tumor but Uro thought my prostate was a little large for someone my age
PCa diagnosed 4/6/10 after biopsy on 4/1/10
1 out of 12 biopsy samples was positive with 5% of biopsy sample cancerous
Gleason 3+4
Da Vinci surgery on 6/1/10
Pathology report shows cancer confined to prostate and all other tissue clean


erbob
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   Posted 6/19/2010 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Glenn, you'll do just fine and it'll be over before you even know it. The anticipation of the "unknown" is almost always the worst. How well I know!
Bob, located in Southern Colorado

Age 73 Retired Railroader.
Dx Jan 2010, Volume 51.345
Gleason 3+4=7, second opinion 4+3=7 (Don't know which to believe)
PSA
2.6 4/96.......... 3.7 4/07
1.9 5/97.......... 3.2 1/08
2.3 4/98.......... 6.1 4/09
2.2 10/99......... 5.3 5/09
2.4 8/00......... 5.3 8/09
2.3 6/01......... 6.9 10/09
2.9 2/03......... 7.3 12/09
3.6 4/04......... 6.1 1/10
3.0 5/05......... 5.0 3/10
4.7 4/06......... 0.7 5/10 (Lupron/Bicalutamide)
Volume study at CPCC (Westmont, IL) Feb 15, 2010 = 55.7cc
On Feb 15, 2010 put on 90 days of Bicalutamide
Got LHRH Lupron shot on Feb 29,2010
Another Volume study May 24, 2010 = in mid-40cc
BRACHYTHERAPY received May 26, 2010
Received 80 I-125 (Iodine seeds)
Activity per seed (mCi) 0.373
Total activity implanted (mCi)29.80
Measured exposure @ 3 feet (mR/hr) 0.06
Received the Brachytherapy at the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center from Dr. Brian Moran
Walked in the facilty and just a few hours later walked right out.
No after effects other than just a little sore from the needle sticks but NOT serious
enough to take ANY meds for pain.
PSA to be taken in three months (Aug 2010).


ge125
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   Posted 6/19/2010 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks to all of you for your help, and your postings. I will indeed be glad when Monday is gone, although waiting a week or two for results doesn't thrill me. I was particularly interested in OKBOYS posting, because you mentioned that prostatitis showed in 3 samples. My PSA rose to 28 after a bout of prostatitis in January, which is when all this started, and i didnt realize that prostatitis could show up in the results. What does that mean? What would it mean?

Glenne

OKboy
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   Posted 6/20/2010 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Glenne: The form that I asked for and received from the lab that assessed the biopsy listed each one of the cores collected and the results for that core. Each one had the result of "benign prostate matter or material??" and three of the cores also stated "chronic prostatitis indicated." My PSA continued to rise after the biopsy and 8 months later I asked my family doc if he would be willing to prescribe a dose of Cipro as prostatitis symptoms, while not debilitating, had worsened. I did that in Feb. 2010 and most of the symptoms have disappeared and my PSA has come down to 2.8. My fPSA is still at 15.5% - wish that were better - but overall, I believe that prostatitis was the culprit for the sudden shift upward in my PSA. Good luck.
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; *12/09=3.1; 4/10=2.8; %fPSA still 15.5%;


ge125
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   Posted 6/20/2010 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Okboy, thanks so much for responding. I had a "classic" case of prostatitis in January....chills, urine infection, put on Cipro for a week and then Septra for six weeks. PSA went from 28, to 6.6, to 5.1 over next six months. I guess the "something" they find on DRE makes it important to get this biopsy, although i have no symptoms but high PSA, low FREE PSA and feel like i'm urinating every hour....well I guess that's enough to have it checked.

Hoping for the best, but at the same time trying to prepare for any scenario. Thanks so much.

Glenne125

wd40
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   Posted 6/20/2010 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
The others are right, the dread is the worst part. Yours is not the first butt they have seen. yeah

The staff and the doctor will make it very easy for you.

The best part is walking back through the waiting room with a big smile on your face and looking at the other poor guys waiting and dreading like we all did.
12/06/07 DaVinci and open prostate surgery after difficulties in breathing stopped the davinci.

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