Hi ~ Magic 55,
This was a great concern for me… when the biopsy was scheduled!! ~ so I know the feelings you are having! It was the first question we presented to our urologist…. And after discussing things thoroughly… we walked away knowing this was our best shot at confirming and moving forward to be free of this cancer. We are adding a few **Excerpts from Dr. Walsh’s book.
Sending it for your knowledge base as you continue to research.
Your Decision is Your Decision!!
And it will be the right decision for you!
Being mentally prepared as well as physically prepared is essential in moving forward! This is a prime example of having options. Having the other scans available to add to your personal “foundation” in monitoring will definitely be a mental plus for you. We all have to do what we feel is the best path for “us”.
This forum allows us to share experiences and you have the option to pull from all or none or a few from here and/or a few from there!!! It truly is a warm place to be. It also makes the world smaller… Saskatchewan!! My cousin lives in Topkins… We’re glad you found "all" of us!
Our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you move forward in your path to find answers.
In New Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy
** Excerpts taken from a wonderful book called “Dr. Patrick C. Walsh’s “Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer” by: Patrick C. Walsh, M.D. and Janet Farrar Worthington. Copyright 2001…..
** When prostate cancer is small and curable,
it is also silent—it produces no symptoms.
Chapter 6 Page 139-140
**If I Have Cancer, Will the Biopsy Spread It?
This is an excellent question, and a very common fear. It just makes sense, doesn’t it, that if you poke a hole in a wall that’s holding back cancer, the cancer might escape. Doctors have worried about this, too, in many forms of cancer. But the good news is that there is no evidence that this has ever happened, or that it could happen. Think about it: Almost every cancer you can think of—breast, colon, lung, prostate—is diagnosed by biopsy. If the biopsy itself could spread cancer, then the whole concept of early diagnosis and treatment wouldn’t work. But many thousands of people—all of whom had initial biopsies to confirm what they had—have been cured of cancer.
**But what if some cancer cells escape into my bloodstream? Well, they may. In fact, the more we learn about cancer in the prostate and elsewhere, the more we understand that the circulation of cancer cells in the blood is probably a fairly common event—even in cancers that are curable. And it’s not unreasonable to assume that a few more cancer cells may find their way to the bloodstream when the tumor is manipulated, as it is during a biopsy. The key is the stage of your cancer. When cancer is confined to the prostate, even if a few cells escape into the blood, they won’t survive. This is because they haven’t yet gotten the hang of living outside the area where they developed. But over time, cancer cells change with age. They get more aggressive, and they become, in many ways, “smarter.” They not only move to distant sites, but have the wherewithal to thrive in these new locations as well. So there are two different issues: One is the presence of cancer cells in the blood; the other is the survival of these cells in distant locations. Prostate cancer cells are simply unable to live outside their normal environment until they develop this ability, called metastatic capability.
mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina
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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 :)