Thanks everybody, I have been pressuring myself all day with this next important step and I was stressing because I felt like I had to figure out whether or not I was going to cancel that appointment THIS MORNING and if I did would THAT be a mistake as far as waiting too long. Thankfully the Banner DR. answered my message to him within a 1/2 hour of when I sent it (I figured I would be lucky if I heard back from him tomorrow) and said that it wasn't THAT time-critical where every day counted. Of course, I won't be stupid and wait weeks, in fact, I would do it right now if I could, but I realize now that getting it done RIGHT is more important than getting it done RIGHT NOW. Micheal_T - you nailed it with: "getting yourself in the hands of some of the best in the business is what you need". Abso.....lutely!
I gave this a lot of thought today and thought about
what a shame it would be if my insurance didn’t cover it, what a pain in the *** it would be to travel, etc. Asking myself if I was overreacting and does it really need to be “in-bore”. I came to the conclusion that no, it doesn’t have to be in-bore but this is “serious as cancer” for God's sake! Unless some info comes up that makes it CERTAIN I wouldn’t gain anything from it I am going to get an "in-bore" MRI-guided biopsy even if my insurance doesn't cover it. I HOPE I am overdoing it and I didn’t need to get the best. Because gosh darn it, I am worth it!
Am I rich? Hell no! Does it matter? Hell no! I make a comfortable, middle-class living so yeah, I will certainly feel the financial sting of this but oh well. I will get over that. I know it PROBABLY isn’t but this COULD be the difference between catching something right away or missing it for years with a false negative. Not to mention, the less blind needle poking at my prostate the better.
I am willing to bet my prostate that my current urologist does not have access to in-bore MRI-guided equipment. I had to go to radiology LTD to get the MRI and he will be doing the biopsy at his facility so even if his office staff couldn’t tell me (utterly obnoxious but true) I really don’t need them to.
I know most places don't even have them and I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't even one in all of Arizona but I found one in California at least: https://desertmedicalimaging.com/prostate-cancer-program/
Mumbo, solid advice about
calling Banner to see if they do "in-bore" MRI-guided biopsies. I am going to give them a ring first thing in the morning to find out. Researching on here and on the internet, it sounds as if "in-bore" MRI-guided biopsies are the latest craze and all the kids are getting one. But seriously, it is the most accurate correct?
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