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Old 07-20-2013, 12:46 PM   #16
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Re: Elevated PSA & Hard nodule on Prostrate

The wait for the biopsy seems to be long & everlasting. I have been surfing the web for clues of what to expect. All that has done is send us on an unending roller coaster ride. I am real concerned about the pain of the procedure. There is no way to know until I actually go through it. I hope that all went well for LouAnn53 & her husband. I still have 16 more agonizing days until the biopsy & then I can only imagine the anxiety of waiting for the results. This last week felt like 6 months and I just hope the next 2 go by faster. ��

 
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:11 PM   #17
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Re: Elevated PSA & Hard nodule on Prostrate

My husband had the biopsy done this past Thurs. He went under sedation and felt nothing. Afterwards, he did have some pain ( they said this is perfectly normal) on peeing only b/c he could not go. He said it burned and hurt to go, but once he went he was fine. He came home and was back to normal in a few hours. Returned to work the following day. We are now playing the waiting game. They told us a week. So yes, it is torture waiting. Just want to know so we can deal with whatever it is.

 
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:07 PM   #18
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Re: Elevated PSA & Hard nodule on Prostrate

Hi, while everyone will have their own experiences, I would like to offer a few comments. 1) most people will tell you that the procedure itself is unpleasant but not really that painful. I am amazed that they would sedate you for that. 2) like every medical procedure it may have complications, but hopefully not, they are relatively rare. I think the most unexpected thing may be the "holy sh.." effect when you go pee the first time and it is red. Don't be shocked, its normal and goes away after a day or so. 3) The outcome of the biopsy may be great, i.e. normal, or it may show something else. HOWEVER, one has to really keep in mind that no matter what the biopsy report, the prognosis of this cancer is amazingly good. As many on this board will confirm, close to 100% of patients with a cancer biopsy survive for 10 years. Actually, even with the worst of Gleason's scores, close to 90% survive for 15 years. 4) what is important is to be wise about the treatment options should the biopsy show cancer. This board will give you tons of great advise on that.
don't let your anxiety get the best of you. No matter what, it is not so bad.

 
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:39 AM   #19
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I am almost half way through the 3 week wait for my biopsy. I am getting more nervous by the day. I find myself surfing the web more than ever before. I want to be prepared for not only the procedure but the results. My concern is that I had pain in my hips and my doc did x-rays & said it was mild arthritis. Now that I have semi-educated I am concerned because hip pain is a sign of prostate cancer spreading. I am constantly playing mind games and looking for any advice.

 
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:45 AM   #20
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Our results should be in tomorrow. What a torturous three weeks.

 
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:55 AM   #21
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I will pray that you get a good report. I can only think the stress level will increase until I get the biopsy. It is hard to imagine how much worst it gets when the biopsy is done & waiting for the results. My mind games have morphed to any little twing or pain and I wonder & worry that is a sign that if I am positive then it has spread. I am by nature a positive person but this has been mentally exhausting. Fear is my only enemy right now.

 
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:00 PM   #22
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Results turned out to be negative. Phew!! Out of 12 core biopsies, none had cancer. Of course we are so relieved and feel like we can move on with our lives. I pray that you will have the same results. There is hope. I did mucho praying and the Lord is good. Please keep posting to let me know your outcome. Hugs.

 
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:33 PM   #23
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As I sit here with all the anxiety building, I wonder about LouAnn53 & her husband. Being still 11 days from my biopsy & then another agonizing week for the results. I say that I dread the procedure more than the results to my wife & mother. The real truth is that I can't look at that yet. I try to concentrate while working but it is always in the back of my mind and I find myself distracted all the time. I know that a negative biopsy doesn't mean the end is here but I hope for that result for LouAnn53 & her husband. I will worry about mine once I get past my biopsy.

 
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:37 AM   #24
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I completely missed LouAnn53 good news. I am almost to the end of this unending 3 week wait. I luckily have been busy with work but the closer it gets the more real it becomes. I pray for good results but also strength to deal with bad news too. I have never had anything like this and the unknown is just so stressful.

 
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:50 AM   #25
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Still in my prayers- please keep me posted of your outcome- Stay strong and positive.

 
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:36 AM   #26
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Re: Elevated PSA & Hard nodule on Prostrate

MWBDAD23,

I remember the anxiety of that wait for the biopsy. In 12/2011 my PSA was found to be 5.1 and the dr. felt a hard spot on my prostate with a DRE. I had to wait 3 weeks for the biopsy, and imagined all sorts of things; including pain in the back (which also turned out to be arthritis). I was 56 at the time. I quickly educated myself on prostate cancer. So, here are some facts:

1.) Most PCa patients, and doctors, will tell you that bone mets do not show up until the PSA is over 20. That is a general rule, and there are rare cases where a particulary agressive form will put out very little PSA. But for all intents and purposes, a PSA of 5.2 indicates that it is still early in the game IF you do have PCa.

2.) In its early stages, PCa does not have any symptoms. The weak stream is more likely some other problem; like BPH or prostatitis; rather than cancer. The only symptoms that PCa has is in the advanced stage, when it has metastasized. So, you can relax on that front.

3.) The biopsy is definitely uncomfortable, and I would not want to have another one; but as long as they use a local anesthesia, all you really feel is a kind of "push" as the needle is injected. I did have some pain in the perineum for the rest of the afternoon; but was fine by the next day.

4.) Let's say the worst scenario happens, and they find cancer. As Baptista said, the odds are in your favor that you will beat it. If you do end up having PCa, you will get sick of hearing "if you gotta have cancer, this is the one to have". But the fact is, that statement is true. PCa is very slow growing, and if they catch it early; as they appear to have in your case; then it is quite curable, and you could go on to live until something else takes you out at a ripe old age.

So, the best thing you can do right now is to continue to educate yourself. Two excellent books that helped me are "Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer" by Patrick Walsh (obviously); and "Winning the Battle Against Prostate Cancer" by Gerald Chodak MD. They both have very good information, not only on PCa; but on all of the options for treating it. Your urologist will probably suggest surgery; he's a surgeon, after all. But there are other options. Some people will counsel you not to worry about that yet; but I found it was very helpful to already have an idea in my mind of which route I would take if the biopsy was positve. So education is key; for both you and your wife. I was very grateful that my wife educated herself as much as I did. Be sure she is with you every time you see the urologist. Two sets of ears is better than one. Also, take a notpad with you nad take notes. If you have any questions for the doctor, write them down beforehand, and take them with you.

The next trial will be waiting for the results of the biopsy. Again, it is a very anxiety-filled time. I had to wait two weeks before I got my results. That's another thing you will find with this disease. Because it is so slow growing, the doctors aren't always in the same hurry that you are for results. My results were positive. The first words out of my uro were "Unfortunately Mr. ..........". Never a good sign when your doctor begins with that word! I had 5 cores out of 12 test positive. My Gleason score was a (3+4)7, and one of the cores was 100% cancer. Get familiar with "Gleason scores", and "percentage of core positive", and "staging". Be sure to ask for copies of the biopsy report, if it should be positive.

I know it's a scary time, MWBDAD23; but hang in there. Anytime we hear the word "cancer" it's like getting punched hard in the stomach. But this is a journey that you can win. I had the DaVinci surgery in April of 2012. My final pathology report showed a Gleason 8 cancer. My stage was pT3a. None of those numbers are good; but it has been 14 months since my surgery, and every PSA test has been undetectable. So, at this point I have beaten the Beast. Keep us posted on what happens. It is definitely a scary ride; but there are lots of people who have gone before, and can help you through it.

Good luck; my prayers are with you.

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Old 08-02-2013, 08:46 AM   #27
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I truly appreciate all the valuable info & prayers. I have always been on the other side. My wife of 30 years had a mild stroke & was diagnosed with diabetes type2. She also had a ad surgery for a hernia & got infected & was a real challenge. I was the caregiver but this has me very nervous. I have educated myself in the past 5 weeks. I have taken it one step at a time but it is becoming reality. The wait for the biopsy has been long & full of stress. I have not let myself dwell on the results as my thoughts are still on the biopsy. The results are what they are & will deal with it, that is if the fear & Stress doesn't get me first.

 
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Old 08-04-2013, 07:33 PM   #28
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My biopsy is tomorrow morning & yesterday I got hit with a bad tooth. My jaw is swollen but there is no way I want to delay the biopsy. I figure with the amount of antibiotics that it should be a nonfactor. I am ready to get it over and start the next phase of waiting for the results.

 
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My biopsy is tomorrow morning & yesterday I got hit with a bad tooth. My jaw is swollen but there is no way I want to delay the biopsy. I figure with the amount of antibiotics that it should be a nonfactor. I am ready to get it over and start the next phase of waiting for the results.
Let us know how it goes. After that, it's another waiting game. You do a lot of waiting on this journey, unfortunately.

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Old 08-05-2013, 11:56 AM   #30
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The biopsy is over & there really was no pain. The urologist had nothing but positive & reassurance during & after. The long wait of a week for the results. I think I am mentally prepared for everything except if it has escaped & spread from the prostate capsule. My wife was able to be with me during the procedure. That in itself helped me relax. I hope I get to post the same results as LouAnn53 & her husband. I have some discomfort now so I am going to do some R&R now. Thank you for the prayers & hopefully my journey ends next week.

 
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