... I think we as a peer support group have done a nice job of educating them on ALL treatment options.....
I will agree wholeheartedly. I found HW, asked questions and got great answers. Have done a lot of reading here and learned a great deal here.
After four months here, have still not had a biopsy and may go much longer. As for a biopsy not being "bad" the seven percent that have infections from biopsy may not fully go along with that. Risk of infection and ensuing antibiotics are my reason for not wanting a biopsy needlessly. And a blind biopsy doesn't really tell you anything definitively.
I think a big part of what people come here looking for is definitive answers. We don't really see definitive negative answers pre-treatment. And when you have positive answers you have to go for a second opinion which may or may not score up or down.
Maybe that's part of the rush to surgery "At least we got it out" and it can't be a problem. Which is not necessarily the case.
There is clearly a market for any definitive pre-biopsy, non-invasive diagnostic procedure, and probably a wide and deep market at that. If some test becomes the standard over and above PSA test for PCa, that will create a huge revenue stream.
We are all looking for answers, but in the case of PCa they are all to often not definitive.
I am new here, and just a random guy on the internet giving his thoughts and not medical advice. I am prejudiced in favor of AS.
PCA 3 score 49
PHI score 43.9
3T enhanced mp MRI - negative reading by Gutpa at Duke
Prostate volume 69ml
PSA 6.1 8/13/15
PSA 6.79 7/14/15
PSA 1.9 8/xx/11
PSA 2.0 7/28/0