PSA over 6, biopsy scheduled in two weeks

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pontiacdan45
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   Posted 2/28/2007 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a PSA that showed an increase from just under 5 to just over 6 in two years. I also had the digital exam. Urologist's office called and he wants to do a biopsy. Reading some of the information on the web indicates that there are disagreements about the kind of treatment needed. Of course, until the biopsy, I guess I'm still not diagnosed with cancer. I'm 62, with no family history of cancer. I joined today because I need some hand holding. Thanks for all the posts out there. It will take some time to read them. I live north of Chicago.
 
Dan

lifeguyd
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   Posted 2/28/2007 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   

 

Hi pontiacdan45

You came to the right place to get information and support.

You are right, you have not been diagnosed with cancer.  With just the rising PSA as evidence  unless you have other symptoms it is possible you will be one of the lucky one's.

But it is a good idea to prepare yourself for any possibility.  Go ahead with your biopsy and let us know how things are going with you.  You will be able to learn more about your options as things progress.  Don't get ahead of yourself and borrow worries.

Stay in touch...


 
Da Vinci surgery 1/16/07
psa 11/05 (2.9)
psa 7/06 (6.7)
biopsy 10/16/06
Gleason 4+4=8
grade T2A
post op pathology- OK
age-65 going on 29
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


norskie
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   Posted 2/28/2007 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Dan

Hopefully the biopsy will be the only thing you have to go through right now and it all comes back clear. I would just make sure they take 12 to 20 core samples to be sure they are doing a good cross section to eliminate any doubt. Just remember if it does come back positive you have this board to come to for help and support. There are many treatment options to review and this is no means a death sentence you can get through this. But for now we will keep the positive thoughts coming that you have a negitive biopsy result.

norskie
norskie
Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Pathology report 3+4=7 some agressive 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
Catheter removed 1-18-07 suffered bladder spasms Catheter reattached 1-18-07
Catheter removed 2nd time 1-24-07
1st Post PSA Blood Test Scheduled for 3-22-07 


daveed
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   Posted 2/28/2007 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   

Dan

Good luck with the biopsy

Remember we are here for you if you need us

God bless

Daveed


Diagnosed March 06
PSA 4.4
Two biopsies. One core of each 5% cancer, two suspicious
Gleason 3+3=6
DaVinci surgery Nov 1, 06
Cancer confined to prostate
Ist PSA 6 weeks post op less than 0.02
 


aztec1958
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   Posted 2/28/2007 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you. I'm new here and I would love for you not to have to come back. If it's possitive the folks here are aces. The give advice and support and make you feel welcome. Good luck to you

Alex

Dutch
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   Posted 2/28/2007 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Dan:

We are all hoping that you will be able to report back with good news, but in either case make sure you get copies of all of your test results.  They are one of the tools you will be able to use in the future.

Best of luck to you.

Dutch


Diagnosed Feb 2001  (Age 65)
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
T2b
Completed Proton therapy @ Loma Linda - Aug 2001
5yr PSA   0.17
Have had no side effects.


parson
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   Posted 2/28/2007 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Dan: 
     Hope you do not need to join this group, even though they are a nice bunch. We are close in age so let me fill you in on some thoughts. First, a higher PSA maybe from other things besides cancer, infection, enlarges prostate, etc. so wait until your biopsy . Second, you need to be your own advocate. Get a biopsy, and ct if necessary. Prostate cancer is curable as you will learn by going through the internet. If the biopsy is positive you have many options but most of us on this board seem to have selected surgery. Age is a big factor and you are young. My PSA 16 months ago was 2.5, than last year 3.4 when I insisted upon a biopsy. No other problems, healthy. Just last week in prep for surgery my PSA is 2.45. Go figure. Take an agressive stand and stay here for good companionship. Barrister
Age 64, PSA 3.4,increased from 2.5 over 14 months,  3 of 12 cores positive 12/14/06,gleason 3+3=6
CT of ab,chest and pelvis and Bone scan all negative 1/8/07, staging prior to surgery T1c, Robotic scheduled at Hopkins 3/12/07.


bluebird
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   Posted 2/28/2007 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi  ~ Dan  & Loved Ones,

 

             A   “Special”  Warm Welcome  to  You!   yeah  

 

I know we can “all” make Your Journey smoother while you are waiting for answers ~ just by being here for you! 

Thank you for reaching out!!! 

 

You’ve just made your own journey a lot smoother.  There are a lot of Helping Hands here… and just by reaching out like you did ~ you will have a much easier time.  We’ve been where you are now…. Knowing you aren’t alone… makes a big difference in psyche and spirit.

 

We will always be here for you… This is truly a great forum!!! ~ You have joined! You are now part our forum family ~ a group of wonderful individuals who are so willing to share their journey with you! 

 

It helps “all of us” ~ to help you ~ if we know where you are on your path.

So ~ Please stay with us and take our hand when you need it!  Keep posting.... OKAY!!   

 

 

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Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


bluebird
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   Posted 2/28/2007 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi ~ Dan,

 

Thank you so much for joining us!

You’ve truly come to the right place…  :-)    This is a scary time and the mind will truly play tricks on you. 

It’s really important to not let this time between now and the biopsy results…. tear you down. 

As Wittler would say…”STAY STRONG”….  Don’t give the negative thoughts a chance to enter. 

Wait for your biopsy results and then deal with whatever you have to deal with.

Attitude is everything…. Mental & Physical. 

Hey ~ this is a perfect time to start getting in shape and will help the stress level too!!!!  If you’re already in shape ~ great!!! 

 

The minute I saw Chicago… of course I wanted to shout “GO BEARS”…. Well guess what!!! 

GO BEARS in 2007-08 J  Why NOT!!! Just saw where they signed Lovey to a 4 year contract.  Much deserved for sure.

 

Well new friend….  Take each day as it comes and enjoy it.  We are here today and never promised tomorrow… so 2 weeks from now will be here when it gets here.  Enjoy today… Keep holding on close to all of us... OKAY!!!  yeah  

 

You are in our forum family prayers… sending extra strength to you.  Pull our strength!!!  We’ve got lots to share..

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


Tamu
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   Posted 3/1/2007 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Dan,

It is good that you have found us and we can help as you go through the biopsy. There have been others that have posted with an elevated PSA prior to biopsy and after the biopsy was negative then they, thankfully, did not need to be here. I hope that is what occurs in your case. If you have not had a biopsy before there have been threads on this forum about biopsies. Most of us that have had them found them to not be all that bad. Also, most urologist seem to not do a good job of explaining the results. Here is wishing you a negative outcome.

Tamu
Diagnosed 7/6/06
1 of 10 core samples, 40%
Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06
Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path
Gleason 3+3
Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07


pcdave
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   Posted 3/1/2007 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dan

I hope that you only have good news after your biopsy. even so, it never hurts to learn a little about PC and the various treatment options even if you do not have PC. if you do get diagnosed with PC, it can be overwhelming at first, especially when you have to go into a "crash course" mode to learn all you can about PC so that you can decide on a treatment option. I do not recommend any treatment option other than what you consider right for yourself after substantial PC research and doing some networking with PC patients who have already been there (this website is an excellent example of this). i encourage you to read my thread entitled Proton Radiation Therapy - My Journey with Prostate Cancer. i discuss my thoughts on the various treatment options and why i decided on the treatment that i thought was right for me at my age. i believe that i have also included some other helpful information to those weighing their treatment options. All the best of good luck to you!

Dave
68, Biopsy 9/27/06, Stage T1c, PSA 7.1, Gleason 6 [less than 5% in two areas], Gleason 7 (3+4) [less than 20% in third area], negative DRE, bone scan and MRI. Starting proton radiation therapy 2/22/07.

Post Edited (pcdave) : 3/1/2007 8:36:20 PM (GMT-7)


pontiacdan45
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   Posted 3/2/2007 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone who made me tear up with your kindness. I have done a lot of reading since Monday. I happened to speak with my personal physician yesterday and he said that my urologist is top notch and not an alarmist or prone to over treat. His father-in-law and brother-in-law are patients there too.

I'll have the biopsy two weeks from today.

Dan

Allan92
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   Posted 3/2/2007 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you have a negative biopsy. If your PSA continues to rise your doc will want to do another biopsy in six months. You may want to look into some non-invasive type of imaging to determine if you have cancer to avoid further biopsies. The biopsies and DREs are rather primitive diagnostic tools IMO and lead to treatment decisions that may not be optimal. Good luck.

bluebird
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   Posted 3/13/2007 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi ~ Dan,

 

Don’t forget to stay with us!  

With so much going on  "this forum has grown tremendously"~ you just “jump-in” anytime…  Okay!!!   yeah   

 

 

Biopsy on Friday 3-16…

We are thinking of “YOU” and wanted you to know!

 

 

Please let us know how you’re doing.

 

Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers as you move forward on your path…

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


pontiacdan45
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   Posted 3/17/2007 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the biopsy yesterday in the doctor's office. He did 12 I think. Also he said the ultrasound indicated the prostate is pressing into the bladder. He says it's enlarged. Results on Thursday.

Dan Harrell


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 3/17/2007 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dan,

Haven't sad "welcome" yet! Hoping for the best news for you on Thursday and that you never have to come here again (except to share your good news). But if not, everyone will be around for you as you take your next steps.

Tanya
Significant other diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Da Vinci Scheduled: 4/10/07


pontiacdan45
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   Posted 3/21/2007 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. The doctors office called and told me that the biopsy results were good. His nurse went on to say that since my prostate is 6x larger than normal, I will need to address that problem with either medication or Tuna or Tumpt. I meet with the doctor tomorrow.
 
Thanks to everyone on this site. It is comforting to have support.
 
Dan

bluebird
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   Posted 3/21/2007 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
:-)    Hi Dan,
 
Thank you for reaching out and ....keep holding on ~ okay!!!  We need to know how your appointment tomorrow goes.... okay!!  yeah   The information you provide will help future members "newbies".... in their knowledge....  A gift worth sharing....
Our thoughts and prayers are with you!  In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy
 

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


Dutch
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   Posted 3/21/2007 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Dan:

Glad to hear your biopsy news is good - looking forward to your post after Dr visit tomorrow.  That enlarged prostate may be your problem.  My only suggestion would be that, the next time you get a PSA, you also get a "free" PSA reading.  It would be another tool you could use to determine your situation.

Dutch


Diagnosed Feb 2001  (Age 65)  Currently 71
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
T2b
Completed Proton therapy @ Loma Linda - Aug 2001
5yr PSA   0.17
Have had no side effects.


pontiacdan45
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   Posted 3/23/2007 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   

Well, I was completely amazed to learn that there was no sign of cancer in the 10 biopsy samples. My prostate is enlarged and I'm to take Avodart (sp?) to reduce the swelling. I'll have a PSA reading every six months as well.

After reading so many wonderful stories and all of the information available about BPH and prostate cancer I feel more prepared to understand what may happen and the importance of monitoring my psa.

Thanks to all and I'll still be around.

 

Dan


Dan Harrell


bluebird
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   Posted 3/23/2007 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Dan ~  It feels so good when we can send this special message.  Just remember! You are still part of our forum family!!! and we want to hear from you as to how you continue to do.  Thanks for reaching out to all of us.  The unknown is so scary.... and as you stated... You have the knowledge now ~ for the future. Continue to take One~Day~At~A~Time and we thank you for allowing us to walk with you.  We will keep you close in thoughts and prayers as you move on... to the next stepping-stone on your path to HealingWell...In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

So Glad Things Are Better

A message of hope by Emily Matthews

 

Sometimes the road

  seems dark and long,

  but suddenly, there’s light

To warm our hearts and let us know

  that things will be all right,

And in those golden, warming rays,

  we find the strength to cope

And emerge from times of trouble

  with a brand-new sense of hope

 

So glad that things are better

  and this stressful time

  is through ~

Here’s hoping

  this is just the start

  of better days for you.


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


biker90
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   Posted 3/23/2007 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Dan,

That's the best news anyone could get!!!! You did all the right things and the result was excellent. Our hopes and prayers for you were truly answered...

Jim
Age 72. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2B Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2B. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSA on 1/3/07 - 0.04.  Next PSA on 4/4/07.
 
 "Cancer feeds on fear - starve it to death."


Tamu
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   Posted 3/23/2007 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   

Dan,

I am pleased that your biopsy was negative and that you know the cause of the elevated PSA is your enlarged prostate.  Medication will most likely solve that problem for you.  I am also pleased that you are going to stay around on the site.  Others may jump in like you did seeking any information possible and you can relate your story to them.

Tamu


Diagnosed 7/6/06
1 of 10 core samples, 40%
Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06
Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path
Gleason 3+3
Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07


pcdave
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Total Posts : 444
   Posted 3/23/2007 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Dan

Wow! It warms out hearts to hear success stories like this. You certainly must be relieved. It's great that you became a member here so that other guys with an elevated PSA know that it does not always mean that you have prostate cancer. Good luck in controlling your BPH and bring your PSA down so that you don't have to worry about it. Good Luck!

Dave
68, Biopsy 9/27/06, Stage T1c, PSA 7.1, Gleason 6 [less than 5% in two areas], Gleason 7 (3+4) [less than 20% in third area], negative DRE, bone scan and MRI. Starting proton radiation therapy 2/22/07.


myman
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   Posted 3/23/2007 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Dan - that is the best news possible for you! Well, certainly you've learned from being here and that will keep you on track with your yearly exams, right?

Continued good health,
Susan
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7 Stage: T2B N0 MX
2/09/06: LRP Restage: T3A NX MX
3 mo. PSA Post Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
9/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 CT shows lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07 - PSA 0.3

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