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Old 07-12-2013, 05:44 PM   #1
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Question Elevated PSA & Hard nodule on Prostrate

I am almost 57 years old & my PSA went from 2.8 to 5.2. My dr then did a DRE and discovered a hard nodule on my prostrate. He was so surprised he did the DRE again to be sure. I am now going to see a Urologist next week & am extremely nervous. This is my first time seeing a Urologist & have read too many websites and started playing mind games. I guess I really didn't notice the weak stream & dribbling until this happened. I am now very aware & getting very nervous about that appointment.

 
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This is my first experience with anything like this. I am looking for any advice to help me be prepared for what is coming.

 
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:55 PM   #3
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Re: Elevated PSA & Hard nodule on Prostrate

What was your outcome?

 
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:54 AM   #4
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I see the urologist tomorrow. My primary dr office had some real urgency when they called me. The urologist's office then made the appt for almost 2 weeks later. I have played every mind game possible. My wife is so scared she can't even talk about it. I have researched the last 2 weeks because I want to have an idea of what they do & tell me.

 
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:14 AM   #5
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Re: Elevated PSA & Hard nodule on Prostrate

My husband had no symptoms He is 60. His PSA blood test was a 4.0. Three months later it was down to a 2, then back up to a 4. He went to see a urologist and the urologist did a DRE and found a hard spot on the prostate, so he called for a biopsy which is this Thurs...my husband will be sedated for the biopsy. We are also terrified but trying to think positive. I can relate to your wife and I wish you well.

 
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:28 AM   #6
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Question Re: Elevated PSA & Hard nodule on Prostrate

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My husband had no symptoms He is 60. His PSA blood test was a 4.0. Three months later it was down to a 2, then back up to a 4. He went to see a urologist and the urologist did a DRE and found a hard spot on the prostate, so he called for a biopsy which is this Thurs...my husband will be sedated for the biopsy. We are also terrified but trying to think positive. I can relate to your wife and I wish you well.
I understand my wife's feelings & am giving her time & space until we know more. I am curious if from the time when your dr finds a nodule to when you see the urologist, do you notice urinating problems more or are they mind games. I probably had some of the symptoms but just ignored them. It didn't cause any pain so no big deal. I have had a 2 week wait for my appt with a urologist. In that time I have noticed several things. I have been reading all I can and I wonder how much is true & how much is my imagination.

 
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Old 07-14-2013, 12:59 PM   #7
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The waiting is the hardest. My husbands doc called July 1st and told him to have the biopsy but to not let it ruin his holiday weekend and to call the following week to schedule the appt. My husband called for an appt immediately b/c he knows how long the medical wait is for any appt. So the closest appt he got was July 18th. Over a two week wait. It is very hard not to read about stuff on the internet and most of it is scary, but I feel as though you need to be informed.

 
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No question the waiting is stressful. I am curious if any of the symptoms were noticed more after being referred to a urologist. I am noticing some that have probably been there but I just ignored before. I have never had anything that has this type of possible consequences before. Thank you for responding as it is helpful hearing from someone going through the fear & anxiety that comes before knowing exactly if anything is wrong.

 
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:35 PM   #9
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Yes, the anxiety levels are thru the roof. If caught early at least there are treatments. I personally know two men who had the "big C" on the prostate and both men beat it. I asked my husband if he noticed any changes in his urine flow and he told me no, even though I thought it was taking him longer to go then usual. But he claims no. Hoping both of you ( my husband and you) have good outcomes...keep me posted.

 
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:39 PM   #10
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As I sit here waiting & wondering what tomorrow will bring. I have never been to a urologist, so that is a huge unknown. I am ignoring all the mind games that happen after reviewing who knows how many websites. My wife is so scared & nervous that she can't even talk about it. I totally understand and will keep my fears to myself. My thoughts & prayers to anyone having to go through this.

 
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Re: Elevated PSA & Hard nodule on Prostrate

MWB & LouAnn

I hope you found the info to your queries. The biopsy is a simple procedure and the only way to diagnose cancer. The positive DRE is alarming but it could be due to calcification at the area touched by your doctor.

We all get scared because we do not know about the facts, however, prostate cancer is treatable and at the most it can be controlled for long periods of time. I would recommend you to get a book on diagnosis of Prostate cancer, and that you search the net for a list of questions so that you can understand better when visiting the specialists, just type "Questions+to+Ask+the+Doctor" in a search engine.

I was 50 y/o when diagnosed with PCa back in 2000. I had two failed treatments but my cancer is "under control" with HT manipulations. In your cases, you have not yet been diagnosed with PCa. The difficulty in peeing could be due to hyperplasia which is a benign issue of the prostate.

Should you be positively diagnosed, then you should get second opinions from reliable physicians. You shouldn't decide on anything without knowing the pros and cons.

Do things coordinately and timely.

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I just got back from my urologist & he confirmed there is a nodule. I am scheduled to hav a biopsy on August 5th. I am trying to stay calm but now my wife & I have 3 weeks to play mind games. It took about 30 seconds & he was done. I am prepared for the worst and praying it is only BPH. It is the scariest thing I have ever faced.

 
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I know exactly how the two of you feel. There is a nice post from Baptista that is encouraging. Please read it. MWBDAD23, I will pray for you and you pray for us. Try and stay positive..... we are.

 
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We are staying positive and will try not to play the inevable mind game!!! Thank you Baptista for your post. It was greatly appreciated. We are praying for the best while being mentally prepared if the results find cancer. My prayers go out to all facing this and any similar problems

 
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It has been only 2 days since my urologist told me that I need a biopsy. The anxiety level has already become intense. In the 2 weeks since being referred I have had a very weak stream & increased dribbling. I also seem to have to go more often. I am wondering if this is just being more aware or is it all in my mind? Special thoughts & prayers to LouAnn53 & her husband as they get their biopsy tomorrow.

 
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