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Date Joined Sep 2010
Total Posts : 2680
   Posted 9/29/2010 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a DaVinci robotic prostatectomy on Aug. 20.  The process started back in June when a rising PSA and a "lump" felt during the DRE led to a biopsy, bone scan, CT scan, x-rays, and so forth culminating in the surgery. 
Yesterday, a good friend told my wife and me that he was still waiting to see how his latest PSA numbers turned out.  He's 64, a year younger than I am, and he said that although he hasn't seen the PSA results, the doctor felt what he called a "calcification" on his prostate during the DRE. 
He encouraged our friend to have this looked at further when he has a colonoscopy that is scheduled in the near future.
I told my friend that the finding of a "calcification" is more important than whatever number turns up on the PSA, and that he should probably see a urologist.
Does this make sense?  How is a "calcification" different from the "lump" that was found on my prostate?  I think our friend should see a urologist as soon as possible for further evaluation.  I would appreciate any thoughts on this.

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Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 264
   Posted 9/29/2010 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure if this would be the same thing, but during my biopsy, the Uro said my ultra sound revealed a stone (a calcification) within the prostate.

This was, in fact, possibly good news because the stone may have been irritating the prostate, and been a factor in my rising PSA (instead of cancer). So I left the Uro's office thinking my chances of having PCa were less.

When the biopsy results came back the next week I had PCa but the doctor indicated it was not related to the stone in the prostate.

Here are some of my stats:
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
PSA tested on 7/15/10: Zero Club membership card issued (trial membership with 90 day renewal)
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