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Old 08-10-2010, 11:21 PM   #1
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I'm scared about my husband. :(

My husband is 50 and had his first PSA test. His levels were at 37 and then 32 after antibiotics.

The size of his prostate is pretty normal and the doctor, during the biopsy, said that it looks benign. A questionable 6 mm X 7 mm X8 mm nodule was found in the peripheral zone near the mid-gland and there was a rough patch on the surface.

If the doctor said that the prostate looked benign, is it still possible that the cancer could have possibly matastasized to his bones? He is a painter and so we are wondering whether to chock up his achy legs to the painting or to possible cancer. His legs don't hurt all the time but the achiness is in both legs. The high number of 32 is what seems so dismal. He took another month of antibiotics before the biopsy but we haven't checked his numbers again yet.

Now we have to wait for the results of the biopsy. He had it done yesterday and this is a tough wait, like a rollercoaster of emotions. Usually he feels really good and we hope that we don't hear from the hospital because, in this case, no news is good news.

I've read a lot here and it gave me so much hope. Any insight with the little information I've given would be appreciated. The main thing I have to ask is, if there is metastasis to the bones, could the prostate still look benign? Any additional insight would really be helpful. Thanks.

 
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My husband is 50 and had his first PSA test. His levels were at 37 and then 32 after antibiotics.

The size of his prostate is pretty normal and the doctor, during the biopsy, said that it looks benign. A questionable 6 mm X 7 mm X8 mm nodule was found in the peripheral zone near the mid-gland and there was a rough patch on the surface.

If the doctor said that the prostate looked benign, is it still possible that the cancer could have possibly matastasized to his bones? He is a painter and so we are wondering whether to chock up his achy legs to the painting or to possible cancer. His legs don't hurt all the time but the achiness is in both legs. The high number of 32 is what seems so dismal. He took another month of antibiotics before the biopsy but we haven't checked his numbers again yet.

Now we have to wait for the results of the biopsy. He had it done yesterday and this is a tough wait, like a rollercoaster of emotions. Usually he feels really good and we hope that we don't hear from the hospital because, in this case, no news is good news.

I've read a lot here and it gave me so much hope. Any insight with the little information I've given would be appreciated. The main thing I have to ask is, if there is metastasis to the bones, could the prostate still look benign? Any additional insight would really be helpful. Thanks.
If the cancer spread to the bones then this tumor would look malignant not benign and probably larger. Very unlikely that this would be a cancer but the biopsy will tell. The good news about prostate cancer is that it takes long time (years) in most people to grow and spread, (but there is small number of people whose cancer are very aggressive). Pain in his legs could be from anything. IMO you shouldn't worry about it even if the doctor calls, in fact he may call to talk about the benign tumor or for other reason. Don't worry too much.

 
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Hi srhonda61,

Welcome to the board! However, we cannot admit you and your husband as full members yet - need a positive biopsy for that. There's at least a fair chance that he isn't going to meet the eligibility requirements. Let's hope not.

You've already had two good responses as I'm reading this. Here are just a couple of thoughts.

It is often difficult or impossible to pin down the cause of a prostate infection, and infections are quite capable of raising the PSA up to 50, sometimes even higher, with no cancer present. It's definitely encouraging that your husband's PSA dropped some, suggesting that at least some of the cause of the elevated PSA is infection.

There are some outstanding medical resources for treating prostate cancer in Toronto, should you and your husband need to go that route.

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Re: I'm scared about my husband. :(

Thank you for your encouraging responses and good advice. One thing about my husband, he has no symptoms. He had the sore legs which could just be from his line of work, but the symptoms one would expect from prostatitis or BPH or PC aren't present at all. Any thoughts on that?

And, yes, I really do hope and pray that we never become full members here but, thank you from the bottom of my heart, for providing such a valuable forum. I'll make sure to post the results and any questions or concerns we have until we get an answer.

 
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Re: I'm scared about my husband. :(

Hi, Srhonda61,
Your husband case is surely of concern, but it does not mean death. Some family members become more worried than the proper patients and confront panic. I would like to suggest you to believe in your husband’s doctor. If he is not as friendly as you wanted, then take the test results to another specialist for a second opinion. Prepare a good list of questions and expose them to the doctor on your next visit.
A biopsy negative to cancer is excellent news. Hopefully the next call will be for similar news.
Remember, you are not alone; you will receive lots of support from us all.

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Re: I'm scared about my husband. :(

Actually, there are no biopsy results yet. The doctor who did the biopsy is wonderful so no problem there. When he was doing the biopsy, his reaction was to what he saw on the screen. However, he made my husband aware that, although the prostate looks benign, we won't know for sure until it goes to the lab.

I've been feeling positive over the past day or two but I also realize that I'm ultra-sensitive to even the thought of the possibility that this could be cancer, mostly because the PSA level is so high.

 
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Your husband is 50 and a painter meaning he is standing on his legs all day long, they can be sore for that reason. Is it more his bones or his muscles sore?, in cancer it is mostly bones. (Even though bones can be sore from physical work too). Elevated PSA can even be caused by aging in some men but I don't know how high they can go. Either way, if I were you and if I were too anxious, I would call the doctor and ask for results if allowed in TO.

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Re: I'm scared about my husband. :(

Thank you, Vuk:

We were told that we could call in two weeks. That will be the 23rd of August. We were also told that if cancer isn't found, then they wouldn't call, so we hope we don't get the dreaded call.

 
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Thank you, Vuk:

We were told that we could call in two weeks. That will be the 23rd of August. We were also told that if cancer isn't found, then they wouldn't call, so we hope we don't get the dreaded call.
I think it is unconscionable to let patients wait for two weeks for prostate biopsy results. It is also unreasonable that they will call only if it is positive. A pathologist told me that average, non-borderline slides take about 15 minutes to read and dictate simultaneously.

I think most early Pca cases are asymptomatic.

 
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Re: I'm scared about my husband. :(

How could it be early if the PSA level is 32? That's what scares me so much. And yet...no symptoms. I need some more feedback on this while I wait...How does this sound? The doctor said from what he saw on the screen when he was performing the biopsy that it looked benign but that you can't tell without the test being done, my husband has no symptoms but the level is 32. What does all of this mean? I'm so ultra-sensitive to all of this...I put it out of my mind but when I think that it may be possible that he has cancer, I start to freak out inside.

 
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Re: I'm scared about my husband. :(

OMG! I just read that locally advanced or matastasized prostate cancer can be asymptomatic.

When my husband had his first test, the doctor said that most of the PSA found was bound, not free. He also said that when the numbers are so high (32), that the free vs. bound ratio is no longer an effective indicator.

His prostate isn't enlarged. It has a rough, hardened patch on the surface. I'm getting a bad feeling....again....a very bad feeling.

 
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Re: I'm scared about my husband. :(

I had a bad today...stressed. I keep reverting back to the man in this forum who had a PSA level of 113 and has been surviving cancer for 10 years. I know all cases are different though. I think I need some responses. Waiting for the results is hard but the fear of hearing something bad and moving forward from there is what I find to be really scary. Is there some encouragement in this situation? If the doctor said the prostate looked benign, is it still possible that the cancer could have spread outside the prostate but that the ultrasound during the biopsy just didn't pick up on it? I'm looking for answers but I know, right now, I can just get opinions based on the information I've shared....and I think that's what I need.

Finally, I will offer my apology if my use of this forum is inappropriate because I have no answers and, in some ways, I'm just venting and looking for support when I don't even have any answers. I realize that this forum is for people who have already been given the diagnosis of PC and I wish there wasn't a need for this forum and that everybody on here didn't have to go through it. That being said, I hope, since this is not possible, that each and every one of you either gets cured or manages to live comfortably for many years with the proper treatment.

I hope, also, that my husband is given good news and I ask for your prayers, even though I'm not religious....It can't hurt.

 
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I had a bad today...stressed. I keep reverting back to the man in this forum who had a PSA level of 113 and has been surviving cancer for 10 years. I know all cases are different though. I think I need some responses. Waiting for the results is hard but the fear of hearing something bad and moving forward from there is what I find to be really scary. Is there some encouragement in this situation? If the doctor said the prostate looked benign, is it still possible that the cancer could have spread outside the prostate but that the ultrasound during the biopsy just didn't pick up on it? I'm looking for answers but I know, right now, I can just get opinions based on the information I've shared....and I think that's what I need.

Finally, I will offer my apology if my use of this forum is inappropriate because I have no answers and, in some ways, I'm just venting and looking for support when I don't even have any answers. I realize that this forum is for people who have already been given the diagnosis of PC and I wish there wasn't a need for this forum and that everybody on here didn't have to go through it. That being said, I hope, since this is not possible, that each and every one of you either gets cured or manages to live comfortably for many years with the proper treatment.

I hope, also, that my husband is given good news and I ask for your prayers, even though I'm not religious....It can't hurt.
Hi srhonda61,

The PSA is an important marker for prostate health. A high PSA value could mean an infection of the prostate, a benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP), an enlargement of the prostate or prostate cancer. A PSA between 0.0 to 4.0 ng/ml is considered normal; above 6.0 it strongly indicates the presence of cancer. Nevertheless, the biopsy will clarify the problem.
Many of us cough with cancer had elevated PSA (some above 100 ng/ml) but some had lower PSAs of 2.5 ng/ml. BHP usually is an infection in the middle of the prostate gland closer to the urethra.

Ten years ago I was informed of the bad news. It changed the way I conducted life but we patients do not see death. We enter into the world of the unknown. There is panic and anxiety. Reading books and gathering information helps a lot. One thing for sure it is that there are many specialists out there to help us and that there are several ways to fight the “bad guy”.
I recommend you to wait for your doctor’s call and that you take this waiting period investigating about prostate problems. You can find many answers in this site; http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/prostate/patient

Wishing your husband the best
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I had a bad today...stressed. I keep reverting back to the man in this forum who had a PSA level of 113 and has been surviving cancer for 10 years. I know all cases are different though. I think I need some responses. Waiting for the results is hard but the fear of hearing something bad and moving forward from there is what I find to be really scary. Is there some encouragement in this situation? If the doctor said the prostate looked benign, is it still possible that the cancer could have spread outside the prostate but that the ultrasound during the biopsy just didn't pick up on it? I'm looking for answers but I know, right now, I can just get opinions based on the information I've shared....and I think that's what I need.

Finally, I will offer my apology if my use of this forum is inappropriate because I have no answers and, in some ways, I'm just venting and looking for support when I don't even have any answers. I realize that this forum is for people who have already been given the diagnosis of PC and I wish there wasn't a need for this forum and that everybody on here didn't have to go through it. That being said, I hope, since this is not possible, that each and every one of you either gets cured or manages to live comfortably for many years with the proper treatment.

I hope, also, that my husband is given good news and I ask for your prayers, even though I'm not religious....It can't hurt.
I don't think the board is limited to people with prostate cancer. Other people can learn about prostate heath and prostate-related issues from this board. I think you are more than welcome to post here. We feel the agony for both you and your husband and we wish you and your husband all the best.

 
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Re: I'm scared about my husband. :(

Thank you for all of your support. It means a lot. So far, still waiting for the results. I offered to call for my husband but he didn't want to ruin the weekend, just in case. I have to respect his wishes.

We should know next week one way or the other. Please pray for us. I'm not religious but it can't hurt.

 
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