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   Posted 11/29/2006 6:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all thanks for all your replies and comments, well here i am fresh from the biopsy table, lets hope its 4th time lucky, they took me in there this morning and i jumped the whole queue they put me before everyone waiting , i got a few funny looks i can tell you. Well they took 15 out of me this time wasnt to bad, nice nurses keeping me occupied took my mind off it while it was being done, it was over before i knew it, small amount of bleeding but thats the 1st time ive had that happen but they said it was normal. Anyone out there about to have it done, dont worry its a piece of cake, you will cope with it.
My surgeon told me that it turns out that the 1st pathologist reviewed my slides and he made the decision that it was 3 + 3 Gleason PC although it was a small amount of suspicious cells found, well to go ahead with the operation my surgeon needed a signed report from the pathologist saying this was definately PC, he wouldnt sign report, so they sent slides to a different hospital for a second opinion the pathologist there has now said there is such a minute amount of suspicious cells there that she is unable to grade it, so they are arguing with each other at the moment, hence the biopsy this morning.
Surgeon says he wants to be 100 percent sure on this before he takes it out of me, he said he wouldnt want to operate and then find out there wasnt a problem in the 1st place.
So im still up in the air at the moment i dont know what to expect, the ops been put on hold now until we get results + they cant do it for 4 - 6 weeks because its all swollen and bruised after biopsy, looks like its prolonging the agony and ive got to play the waiting game again.
Well im off back to work now, i will be on again soon, the results will be here in a couple of weeks.
Keep posting.
Mike ( London Uk )

PS: Ive passed this forum address to the senior nurse so she can pass it on to her PC patients, got to get some more Brits on here to even the sides up
( ha ha ) if it helps them like its helped me then its a job well done.

Pete trips again!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1899
   Posted 11/29/2006 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there guy! The good news is that you are in good hands and you are taking charge of things early. I know waiting suck, but try to stay busy and the time will pass faster. I know, easier said than done! I had to wait 4 1/2 months for my surgury after finding out. Write to us if you get to thinking too much about it. There is always someone here listening who has been through exactly what you are going through.
Stay in touch,
53 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg.  

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 474
   Posted 11/29/2006 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Mike - what an up-and-downer and with all the biopsy stuff in between. I do remember reading, however, that someone had gone through the surgery and the pathology report came back completely negative to cancer. Just don't remember where I found that. So, it does happen.

I know you had hoped to get this thing done before the holidays. We'll be eager to hear the report on this one!
Husband age 65
PSA on 5/1/06: 4.2 (had doubled in 13 mos. and rising monthly)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06
T2a (at biopsy)
T4c (at pathology) w/cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/3/06 - undetectable!
Update: 11/1/06 - perhaps bladder neck involvement; 30%-50% chance of recurrence
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly for now

M. Kat
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 715
   Posted 11/29/2006 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Mike, I'm glad the biopsy went well and was over quickly. now try and enjoy the holidays and keep busy. we'd love to have more Brits here! :)
Husband Jeff 56 years old
diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5
2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test 0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 11/29/2006 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mickeyboy,

Sorry to hear that you had to go through the biopsy again, but like you mentioned your doctor wants to be sure before surgery is performed. At least you know early on to monitor the PSA. I remember reading a study that claimed most men will develop irregular prostate cells eventually if they live long enough. In any event good luck to you.

Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 ot 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06

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