This is for those of you who are awaiting and dreading their first biopsy. I had mine done an hour and a half ago. The memory is still fresh, so here goes:
After I checked in, a nurse came and got me within 10 minutes. I gave a urine specimen and then went to an exam room where I waited a few minutes and was then led to the procedure room. The nurse asked me a few questions to which they had the answers. She then told me to take off everything below my waist, sit on the table, and cover myself with a paper sheet.
The nurse came back in a bit and had me lie on my left side with my butt at the edge of the table. She then raised the table. The doc came in and began explaining what they were going to do. I told him I already knew what to expect and to have at it. He greased me up and slid the probe in. It was smaller than I expected. They sonogramed me for a few minutes (very few) and then gave me the shots. They pinched a bit, but no worse than that. He then did 12 samples which took another few minutes and caused absolutely no pain. None. Zip. Zilch.
The only surprise was the blood. There was blood on the pad I lay on and some bright shiny blood dripped from my penis. I wiped a bunch of blood from my backside, too. I told the doc and he was not concerned. I had to change my underwear when I got home - soaked through my pants in front, too. It aches a bit down there, so I have taken a couple of tylenol and it's better. Not much blood now, either.
Beats the hell out of finding cancer when it's too late. It was an unpleasant experience and I hated every minute of it. I'd do it again in a heartbeat if it caught cancer in its early stage. I hope this helps some of you guys. I'm a real weenie about medical stuff and this was tolerable.
I think I'll take my bride, my daughter, and my new grandson to lunch.
Today is much later than this original post. As you know, I did/do have cancer. I'm sending this to the top in case there are other guys (like bobbailey) who have not yet experienced their biopsy. I sure wish I had known what to expect. My blood pressure would have been about a thousand points lower.
There was blood in my urine for just a few hours and blood in my ejaculate for weeks. It was bright, shiny red blood for a few days. Not fun. My uro said I could have bloody ejaculate for up to three months.
Gleason 3+3=6, T1c, one core in twelve, another pre-cancerous.
62 years old and good health. Married 37 years. To same woman!
Began IGRT January 23, 2007.
Post Edited (jetguy) : 3/11/2007 7:53:21 AM (GMT-6)