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Old 10-22-2010, 06:00 AM   #1
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biopsy mistake

I am to this , only just logged on. I had a biopsy taken of my prostate and was told it was negative. One month later i was called in to see my consultant at 24 hour notice and told a mistake had been made and i did indeed have cancer of the prostate. i would welcome any comments.

 
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I am a newcomer and would like any comments on my situation. I had a Prostate Biopsy and was told it was negative. One month later I was called in at 24 hours notice to be told by my Consultant that a mistake had been made and that I did indeed have Prostate Cancer.

 
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awaiting surgery in 7 days prostatectomy. help!

 
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Re: biopsy mistake

Hi
I'm also very new at this but to me this seems to be rushing things. PC is normally a very slow growing cancer and probably don't need to rush into surgery. Others on this board know way more than me on this subject and will probably chime in shorty. You should have time to do your own reserch on what treatment is right for you and also maybe a second opinion.
I was diagnosed in June this year and will be having Brachytherapy in November.
What is your PSA and gleeson score?

 
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Re: biopsy mistake

Hi triumph,

Welcome to the board, though I'm sorry you have had reason to join us!

By the way, I picked up a beautiful dark blue Spitfire convertible from the plant at Coventry in 1968, and my wife and I drove it north through Wales and Scotland, then back to London, across the Channel on a ferry, and on through parts of Europe toward my duty station. What a ride! I enjoyed every mile I drove in that wonderful little car! Is yours a motorcycle?

I'll add a comment or two in green, but Wirebender is right in suggesting that you may be moving too fast and not taking careful aim. Often, with this disease, we need to take the reins from the docs and make the key decisions ourselves.


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I am to this , only just logged on. I had a biopsy taken of my prostate and was told it was negative. One month later i was called in to see my consultant at 24 hour notice and told a mistake had been made and i did indeed have cancer of the prostate. i would welcome any comments.
To make good decisions for yourself and to help us help you, you need to know key characteristics about your case. Do you have a copy of your biopsy report? That would be a good thing to get. You need to know your: PSA level and date of the test, any previous PSAs and test dates, the "PSA density," the Gleason Score (for example, 3+3=6, or 3+4=7, with each grade, in order meaning something other than just two parts to be added), the stage, the number of biopsy cores that were taken, the number of biopsy cores that were positive for prostate cancer, and how much of each core was prostate cancer (or a total for all cores).

I don't know what the medical practice environment is like in the UK, but in the US surgeons (urologists) often hustle patients into prostatectomies that they often do not need, or they give them a sales pitch that highlights surgery and bad mouths other options when that is not justifiable.

Did your doctor give you a reason for being treated so quickly?

Take care,

Jim

 
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awaiting surgery in 7 days prostatectomy. help!
I think there are conflicting opinions from pathologists who read your slides. It would be better to get the slides to a reference lab or do another biopsy.
At this point you may want to postpone surgery. You have ample time to absorb all the information and make a decision in a calm manner.

 
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awaiting surgery in 7 days prostatectomy. help!
Read my thread in this forum titled "What is the best I can expect" probably back a few pages by now. I was due to have robotic prostatectomy a bit over a week ago and then cancelled it. I think you may be doing exactly what I did ie. paniced a bit. Let the forum know what your psa is and your gleeson score and I am sure you will get a very well informed opinion of wher you should be headed, I did am at this stage quite at piece with the decision I made. I am nown investigating other treatment options along with staying on active survielance. I had really only consulted with surgeons on my condition and am now convinced that they are a bit over enthusiastic in advising you to have it out, I now have an appointment with a radiation oncologist on 8th December to discuss other treatment options.
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