Flu shot, biopsy and vallium.

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   Posted 10/22/2010 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   

It's been a while since I've posted. My second needle biopsy is scheduled in a few weeks. Does anyone know if getting a flu shot just before or after biopsy would do anything terrible?

I'm also hoping the vallium that the dr. ordered helps with the anxiety. He only prescribed one, but I think 6 would have been better.

Age: 54- good health, physical anyway. Tinkle alot at night- 4-6x's

DRE 11/08- no lumps, just enlarged prostate

1st PSA, total- 11/08= 6.1

2nd PSA, total- 8/09= 6.6 Referred to Dr. J. Hoeksema @ Rush Univ. Med. Center/Chicago

Needle Biopsy 11/09- 12 samples. 11 OK. Right Lateral Mid- Adenocarcinoma Gleason score 3+3=6 9 involving 5% of specimen. Prescribed Flomax for excessive peeing.
Second opinion 1/21/10 with Dr. Gregory Zagaja, Univ. of Chicago Med. Center

3rd PSA, 2/10= 7.9 Still on Flomax, but thinking of stopping as it's not doing much of anything.

4th PSA, 6/10= 7.3 No longer on Flomax due to weird side effects

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   Posted 10/22/2010 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I would ask your Uro about the flu shot. I got one just after the biopsy, timing was based on vaccine availability. He had no comments other than to be sure I got one before surgery - one less reason to cancel at the last minute.

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   Posted 10/22/2010 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
When in doubt get the flu shot after talking to your doctor.

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   Posted 10/22/2010 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
This sounds like another "Active Surveillance" story where the surveillance is getting very active...Vallium...That sounds like a good idea..All I ever got was a couple shots of lad-o-cain which pretty much made the procedure painless..
Age 68.
PSA at age 55: 3.5, DRE normal. Advice, "Keep an eye on it".
age 58: 4.5
age 61: 5.2
age 64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
age 65: 8.5, " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
age 66 9.0 "normal", 2ed biopsy, negative, BPH, Proscar
age 67 4.5 DRE "normal"
age 68 7.0 third biopsy positive, 4 out of 12, G-6,7, 9
RRP performed Sept 3 2010, pos margin, one pos vesicle nodes neg
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