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Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 11/3/2006 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
It seems from reading here that almost everyone had a bone cancer scan?  Is this usually recommended?  In my bf's medical records the urologist wrote that "bone scan not indicated" with the results of the biopsy.
 
Are there others out there who never had a bone scan?  Should I ask any specific questions about this when we meet with him for our consultation?
 
Thanks,
Tanya
 
i figured out how to put in a sig ... so let's see if this works ......
 
 
 
 
Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment:  Undecided


Letty
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   Posted 11/3/2006 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Izzyblizzy,

My husband did not have a bone scan.  As I understood it, if the PSA was low (under 10), the chances that the cancer had spread to the bone was also low.  I have also read other's posts though of people who had the scan with low PSA's.  It would seem it is at the doctors discression.(sp)



Letty,
 
Husband diagnosed May 2006 at age 50.  RRP performed 13 July 06.
PSA 5.7,  Gleason 3+4=7, Staged T2C, Cancer confined to prostate.
His father diagnosed at age 62 and is currently a 13 year survivor!

Post Edited (Letty) : 11/3/2006 6:02:34 PM (GMT-7)


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 11/3/2006 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the response Letty.  New to this so reassuring to hear from people who have actually gone through it. 

 


Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment:  Undecided


spinbiscuit
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   Posted 11/3/2006 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Izzyblizzy,

I got a bone density scan by mistake, and my urologist said I really didn't need to go back and get scaned because the biopsy results were 6 (3+3) 2 of 14 cores pos. @ 10%, negative DRE, PSA 3.8 and I was 60 years old. However the bone density scan showed I was losing bone mass so now I'm taking Fosimax; go figure. Best of luck to you both, and keep asking questions thats why we're here.

Glen

Swimom
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   Posted 11/3/2006 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
That was no accident Glen. The bone density was devine intervention!

Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 11/3/2006 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Glen,
 
Sounds like your circumstances are pretty similar.  I guess it is better to have your bone scan screwed up than other things like prostate surgery.  yikes!  but guess good you caught the bone density thing.
 
Thanks much for the input!
 
Tanya
Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment:  Undecided

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