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Old 08-24-2012, 11:24 AM   #1
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More biopsy questions?

Should I choose among the urologists at my current hospital, or look elsewhere for a biopsy specialist? How would I find such a person? Also, anticipating the test, how do I arrange for a "second opinion" on the biopsy results; call my insurance company for approval? Thanks again!

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Old 08-24-2012, 01:41 PM   #2
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Re: More biopsy questions?

Since I have just gone through the process, I can share some of my experiences.

I do not know if you really need a specialist to perform a biopsy, unless you are insterested in the kind of biopsy that I went through, then any Uro should be able to do it. Please search my posts on biopsy, please also note that my insurance won't pay for the kind of biopsy I chose.
If you are interested in a specialist, I described mine in my responses to Infinity29 post.

As fas as arranging for a second opinion, you can contact either John Hopkins or Bostwick Labs. Your doctor's office will ask you to fill out a form to release your info. Both JH and Bostwick do have forms for you to fill as well. Not as complicated, I was also clueless when I started. Your doctor's office may already be familiar with the process and can facilitate the whole process, you just need to ask. It is quite a common request.

Good Luck.


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Old 08-24-2012, 07:44 PM   #3
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Re: More biopsy questions?

First things first. First you decide on a urologist to perform your Trus biopsy, and ask them what are the percentages that they might find anything? If they tell you close to 70%, it might be a good idea to look around for targeted biopsies such as Akai. Although they are not pefect either, you might have a better chance at finding it on the first try. No reason to get numerous biopsies unecessarily. No need for a second opinion until you get a diagnosis. Yes, you should arrange for one prior to your biopsy in case they do find something and your proper diagnosis is the key to your treatment. Good luck.

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