Most of the time, the standard TRUS (Trans rectal ultrasound) biopsy is done with local numbing. It's unpleasant, to be sure. In a small percentage of cases, there are problems. For me, the worst part was the ultrasound probe...did he lubricate it?
To answer your question about
supplements (and we've had this conversation in here often):
Some supplements will lower PSA (saw palmetto is a biggie) and can have some effect on BPH (benign prostate hyperplasia)..old man prostate swelling. There is no evidence out there that any of them have an effect on cancer. None. You're right, they can mask cancer because they keep the PSA lower than it might otherwise be. My Uro told me to double my PSA reading because of the saw palmetto I was on.
Thing is, at 72, you're likely to have measurable prostate cancer. It's just how it is. If it's low grade, then the most likely scenario is that you'll go on watchful waiting and see if it does anything. At your age, that's again the most common scenario.
Best of luck to you.
Age at Diagnosis: 56
Biopsy: 3 of 12, G3+3, all on LT side, 20%, 5%, 3%
Clinical Stage T2C
Bone Scan, CT scan negative for spread
RALP on 2/17/15, BJC St. Louis, Dr. Figenshau
58.5g, G3+4, 20%, 4 quadrants involved
PSA 3/10/15: 0.10
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