BlackDog, was this
or something like it one of the articles you read? I found it by Googling for some of the concerns you expressed. If so, it is worth noting that the "article" is a press release from a company (TMD Limited) that does "medical tourism" treatments outside of the US.
Not that there aren't valid reasons to become a medical "tourist" if you do your homework. Currently, for instance, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound is not an approved treatment for prostate cancer in the US but it is being used with good success other places.
I yield to no one in crankiness about
the reliability of biopsies in detecting the presence, the extent and the grade of prostate cancer. If you look at my signature you will see that repeated biopsies failed to correctly characterize my cancer. But the stats you quote are out of line. A twelve-core needle biopsy is 80% effective in detecting PC and about
65% effective at determining its grade and extent. These are lousy stats but they are nonetheless better than any of the "non-invasive" scans or tests without a biopsy.
Slow PSA rise 2007-2012: 1.4=>8
4 biopsies 2010-2012:
1)neg (inflammation observed),
3)positive one of 14 cores GS6(3+3) 3-4%, 2nd opinion GS7(3+4)
Moderate Pre-op ED
DaVinci RRP 6/14/12. left nerve spared
Post-op path: pT3a pN0 R1 GS9(4+5) Pos margins on rt
Start 24 mo ADT (Triple w/ Lupron) 7/26/12
Start adjuvant IMRT 10/17/12 done 12/13/12
Incontinent, Trimix, VED for Rehab