Posted 1/15/2013 2:08 PM (GMT -6)
buddy, to add to your post:
the trouble with standard biopsies, they can be hit and miss, and they can be wrong.
with me, took 3 biopsies spread over 18 months. first one, 12 cores, no cancer, lots of PIN. one year later, 12 core, no cancer, lots of HGPIN now, and couple of suspcious shadows, 3rd one, only 7 cores into the shadow, all cancer, 40-90% pure, even more HGPIN, and PNI.
obviously, the cancer was there even before the first biopsy, the random cores simply missed it, and missed it the 2nd time. if i had my way, i would have waited an entire additional year, to agree to the 3rd, my uro knew something was going on, and all but begged me to have the 3rd one. he was right, i was wrong, and can only imagine what waiting another year would have yielded, as fast as my cancer was growing.
had i had a saturation biopsy from the start, it may have found it on the first pass, and not allowed another 1 1/2 years of "growing" time. but that is history.
Age: 60, 56 at PC dx, PSA 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/8 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, 4+3
open RP: 11/8, Catheter in 63 days
Path Rpt: 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% tumor, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Surgery Failed, recurrence within 9 months
Salvage Radiation 10/9-11/9, SRT failed within 9 months, PSA 4/12 = 37.x
Spent total of 1 ½ years on 21 catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10,
7 other PC-related surgeries
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