To Tim's Wife
and to every man who has had to endure a painful prostate biopsy... May God Bless Each and Every One of You. My uncle and our neighbor both had several of these procedures done and I was told by my aunt and our neighbor's wife... several years apart how their husbands both hated it when they it became time for them to go and have another one done because they did hurt. Also, I had a urologist tell me that this procedure could be quite painful.
So, you can probably imagine what my thoughts and feelings were when my husband came home and told me that his urologist had set up an appointment for him to have this done. I have read that some urologists put their patients in the hospital and do the biopsy under anesthestic. And for many reasons, I believe every man should be given this option.
My husband's biopsy came back positive and he just finished 25 radiation treatments and a 90 seed pallidium implant. However, he told me awhile back that out of all of the treatments he had done that having the biopsy was the worst experience for him.
I realize that many men have little or no pain while undergoing this procedure and I think that is wonderful and these men should be very thankful. Actually, I believe their experience has nothing to do with them being "macho" as much as they would like to believe, but everything to do with whether or not their urologist has "state of the art" equipment, uses numbing agents, a local anesthetic, and for some it could very well be that they have a high pain tolerance. I have an aunt who doesn't feel pain and had to be very careful each time she had a child because she never experienced pain while having contractions.
My husband's gleason score was a 7. His psa was 6.6 at the time of his biopsy, but had been as high as 7.2 which he had not known. Out of 12 cores taken, 8 came back positive for androcarcinoma. (sp?) Seven were 3+3=6 and one core was a 3+4=7, which is why his gleason score had to be a 7.
He had 25 IMRT (radiation treatments) and a 90 seed pallidium seed implant and he is almost three months out of treatment.
His psa at one month post treatment was 2.60, his next psa will not be until the last of November.
'And what is as important as knowledge,' asked the mind? Caring and seeing with the heart,' answered the soul.