It's stressful, to be sure. Please try not to project too far.
At this visit, yeah, there will be paperwork. After that, you will most likely meet the doc--or maybe an NP--who will go through your records with you. You'll have a DRE, which is no biggie. If you've never had one, you drop trou, lean over the table, and the doc or NP will roll up on the stool behind you, put a glove on, add some vaseline or K-Y, and tell you to take a deep breath. It doesn't usually take more than a minute. They'll give you some kleenex to wipe with, and then back on the chair or table for more conversation.
Likely they will recommend a biopsy and schedule it--it usually will be within a few weeks or a month. For THAT, they will give you prep instructions. They may also suggest--if they found a lump or something else abnormal--having an MRI first.
Feel free to ask plenty of questions--and be wary of any Urologist who proclaims that you have cancer without a biopsy. Also be aware, that at your age, you probably DO have diagnosable PC--but your odds of having PC that is dangerous is pretty low.
I'm thinking that's it's very likely that he will find something during the DRE that is abnormal but on the off chance my prostate seems to be normal, do they ALWAYS recommend a biopsy regardless? If so, I'd be inclined to think that I'd want to see the results of the follow-up PSA blood-work before a biopsy is performed.
Also, when you say 'my age', do you mean because I'm 47 as against being in my early 40s?
Post Edited (JasonB176) : 11/4/2019 8:32:49 AM (GMT-7)