Posted 3/19/2007 7:32 PM (GMT -7)
Hey Painless,

My biopsies didn't hurt, they just made me nervous cause they were messing around back there. They put some pain killer in first and the actual sampling just feels like a little zap, not painful. The noise made me jump.

Considering the information you will get (PCa or not) it is well worth the discomfort...

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."

Posted 3/19/2007 9:37 PM (GMT -7)
Hi Painless: Don't worry, it's not a painful experience. It sounds to me like you could use sedative for the procedure. I took 2 mg of Ativan and it helped immensely. Ask your urologis to prescribe something that will calm you down and have someone drive you there and back. It's really no big deal. Not painful, but differrent. If your friend said it was "the worst pain" he'd ever experienced, he's a lucky guy. 54 years old PSA = First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1 DRE: Negative Biopsy results 11/22/06 (6 out of 8 cores positive), both lobes, Gleason 3+3 = 6 Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007 Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear. First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07
Posted 3/20/2007 4:09 AM (GMT -7)

I am very afraid of pain. When I had my biopsy I was very scared. There was absolutely no pain or discomfort. The only thing I felt was two tiny "pricks" when they did the anesthetic. The anticipation was terrible but the actual procedure was easy.  Ed

Age: 63
PSA 2.62
Negative DRE
Gleason 3,3
Stage T1c
Cancer 5% in one of twelve modules
DaVinci scheduled for April 16, 2007

Posted 3/20/2007 4:57 AM (GMT -7)

Thanks to all! Your posts are a source of great comfort and calming! They are just what I needed. I will keep you posted on my progress. The reason for the long wait for the biopsy is my wife and I are getting to go to Israel in mid April! We are very excited about this as you can imagine!

Thanks again and GOD bless!

Posted 3/20/2007 6:36 AM (GMT -7)

The only thing I will add to what eveyone else has said and it was not that bad at all during the biopsy was I did have some discomfort afterwards but a couple of tylenol and down to rest with a short nap and I was fine the rest of the time. The aticiipation was worse and probably wore me out and I needed the nap.

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 

Posted 3/20/2007 9:42 AM (GMT -7)
If a person plans on hurting I'm sure that is exactly what he/she will feel. Plan on some pressure, 2 small pricks and a popping sound with every core sample taken. No, it isn't a picnic but a prostate biopsy is less evenful than going to the dentist. The location is slightly more stressful but I'd still prefer a biopsy over a root canal anytime.

Posted 3/20/2007 11:23 AM (GMT -7)

I found from reading here that different urologists have different procedures for biopsies.  Some have you walk into their examing room give you a pain shot (or not) and then get the samples. My biopsy was very formal and at an "out-patient surgical center'.  The procedure was done with an automated surgical device, followed up by my doctor taking specific samples from a small growth he had discovered.  I was sedated with an IV injection and was only semi conscious during the procedure. It was simple and quick.  No pain at all.  I did have a little discomfort the next day, but it was minimal. Don't worry about the pain.

Biopsy 10/16/06
T2A,  PSA 4.7
Gleason 4+4=8 right side
adrenocarcinoma of prostate
DaVinci Surgery 01/16/07
Post op report,confirms Gleason4+4=8
no extra extension/invasion identified

Posted 3/20/2007 2:06 PM (GMT -7)
Hey Paul,

Thanks for sharing Swim with us. She is a great comfort and source of knowledge for us.

Gook luck....

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."

Posted 3/20/2007 4:01 PM (GMT -7)
Thanks to all for your support and information. Keep well. I will let you know how my biopsy turns out.
Posted 3/21/2007 12:35 PM (GMT -7)
Hi painless:

I was like you.

I got on the internet the night before my first schedule biopsy and freaked myself out because I was convinced I would die from it. But I did learn one thing:
* Pain factor for biopsy without lidocaine is 6 (scale 1-10)
* Pain factor for biopsy with lidocaine is 3

So I vowed my biopsy would be with lidocaine.

What I learned the next day was that not all places offer lidocaine and where I was to have my biopsy did not. So I freaked out and just walked out.

It worked out for for the better because I got a new urologist (that did offer lidocaine) that I liked. When I did have my biopsy with lidocaine, I would say a 3 is a fairly accurate grade of my experience. The most uncomfortable part of the experience was shoving the instrument up my *** (and that really was not all that bad).

So make sure you get the lidocaine and it should be ok.
51 Year Old DBA by profession; amateur pianist by passion.
June 2006:  PSA 4.6.  DRE prostate enlarged.  
Aug  2006:  Second opinion confirms first.  Biopsy suggested.
Sep  2006:  Biopsy results positive one lobe.  Gleason 3+3.
Nov  2006:  RPA performed at Fletcher Allen in Burlington VT.
Nov  2006:  Pathology report: Stage T3a and Gleason 3+4.
Dec  2006:  PSA 0.1
Feb  2007:  PSA 0.0

Posted 3/21/2007 1:29 PM (GMT -7)
When I had my biopsy, I had no pain at all. There was a little pinch and burn when the doctor applied whatever anaesthetic he used, but nothing to write home about.

The anticipation of pain was the real issue. As the doctor probed around, before he took a core, he'd pause, so you knew the sample was about to be taken. The sound is a bit scary. Not being able to see what is going on, the thought that came to mind for me was a staple gun going off in your ass. So I winced for pain, but didn't feel anything at all.

I am a bit shocked to hear that having pain meds for this is optional...

The prostate MRI, however, that was hella-painful...
Prostate cancer diagnosed:  May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score:  3+3=6
daVinci radical prostatectomy:  July 25, 2006
size of tumor:  approx 1.1 inches
post-surgery Gleason score:  3+4=7; negative margins from surgery
number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery:  3 to 5
number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery:  1 to 2
number of pads/day at 6 months after surgery:  0 to 1
1st post-surgery PSA:  0 (Nov 2006)
2nd post-surgery PSA:  0 (Feb 2007)
ongoing post-surgery treatment:  Cialis every other day, Viagra "on-demand", ErecAid pump daily Cialis every other day, ErecAid pump twice daily (when I can manage it)

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