It appears that not all PC patients have the same tests taken after their biopsy indicates that they have prostate cancer. Please click on each of the two circled items in the poll box above if they were additional tests given to you after your prostate biopsy (i.e., full body bone scan and transrectal MRI of the pelvis area). Thanks. Dave
It doesn't appear that many are filling in the poll box (it appears that there is a problem with it). Moreover, I didn't set up the survey correctly (i.e., i should have had a third box to indicate that neither of the tests were taken so that i would know the total number of people who responded to the poll--this was my first time attempting to do a poll). However, from the individual postings it appears that a good majority of those who repsonded did not have either or both of these two tests performed after the biopsy and before treatment. This amazes me because I had both tests after the biopsy and am wondering why other doctors did not order these tests. While the tests are not 100% reliable, I feel much more comfortable that I had them to supplement my biopsy and give me greater assurance as to my predicted stage of cancer. If any of you know why you did not have these tests, I think it would be helpful information for members and others who read this website.
Thanks for all of the great replies. I didn't set up the poll in a meaningful way (this was my first time starting a poll and also there were technical problems with the poll at the time); nevertheless, the comments are better than any poll. It appears that a great majority of PC patients are not given a bone scan and/or endorectal MRI. It appears in some cases that the determination is based on Stage of cancer (i.e., Gleason scores, PSA and DRE). However, I think all PC patients should question their doctors carefully if they are not given these tests and get a good reason for not taking them. While these tests are not perfect, they gave me greater comfort beyond by biopsy as to my projected stage of cancer. Again, it is a case of being safe rather than being sorry.
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) : 4/4/2007 6:45:21 PM (GMT-6)