Biopsy Result - Neg???? Good news???

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gadget
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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 5/20/2011 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, so I'm not complaining - just got a call from my Uro and my biopsy was negative - great news!  I of course was convinced I was going to need surgery next week, you know how you're mind can go....
 
Anyhow, here's my stats....
48
6/08 PSA 1.5
10/09 PSA 1.9
11/10 PSA 2.4
5/11 PSA 2.9 and fPSA 3.4%
 
So with the increasing PSA, although not high, and the almost non-existent free PSA at 3.4% I was sure there's something going on.  I've also been taking propecia for over 10 years so I figured my PSA may even be on the low side - so I was even more convinced.
 
I don't have the actual report, but will plan to get a copy and of course they want follow-up in 6 months - and I have other questions, like what else could be causing this?  Could I just have some sort of mild prostatitis that's messing with my #'s?
 
Did not care for the biopsy experience at all, not horrible, but just don't look forward to repeating it and now I'm seeing that in my future too....

Purgatory
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   Posted 5/20/2011 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
No PC in a biopsy is always great news, so enjoy that feeling of relief. Congratulations.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10

gadget
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   Posted 5/20/2011 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh I am enjoying the news, believe me - if nothing else it tells me that even if it's there, it's small and staying on top of testing should catch anything early - which is where you want to be....

Purgatory
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   Posted 5/20/2011 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
How many cores were taken in the biopsy? If it were only 6-12, there is a chance that it missed something. If you had a saturation type biopsy, many more cores were taken. It took 3 biopsies to find mine. Right now, I would just keep enjoying the good news
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10

gadget
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   Posted 5/20/2011 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
12 cores were taken - felt like 100, but only 12...

Sagittarian
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   Posted 5/20/2011 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
PROPECIA can affect a blood test called PSA (prostate-specific antigen) for the screening of prostate cancer. If you have a PSA test done, tell your doctor that you are taking PROPECIA.
 
Everytime medications are involved, it throws the equations off.
 
I copied the above from Propecia web-site 
DOB=DEC-1957, NJ, PSA HISTORY, FPSA=7%,
2002=1.83, 2006=3.18, 2007=3.09, 2008=3.20
2009=3.50, 2010=3.50, 2011=4.70, 2011=4.20
DRE, CT-SCAN, Bone Scan, =All Negative
BIOPSY, 12 Cores, APR 2011, 4 POS, 2(3+3), 2(3+4) All Left Side
% on POS 2(40%) 1(70%) 1(90%), PNI=Not observed

Da-Vinci Surgery=23 May 2011

compiler
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   Posted 5/20/2011 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I remember that feeling pre-biopsy that even if it was negative I could still have PC.
 
Nevertheless, I wish mine was negative, so enjoy the result.
 
If your PSA keeps climbing, you should consider the PCA3 test.
 
Mel
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