prostate biopsy

April 2015

How A Prostate Biopsy Fooled Me Into Thinking I was Ok

By |April 20th, 2015|

MY PROSTATE BIOPSY SAID NO CANCER – WRONG !
If you have read some of my other posts, you know that prostate cancer runs in my family, so I had been carefully monitoring my PSA over the years.

As you can see from the chart above, my PSA was rising slowly at a more or less “regular” rate (tied to aging) until about 2010. Then it shot up quickly to the 5 range and then just as quickly to the 7 range.

What happened? When I saw the results, I immediately called the PSA testing lab and told them that they must have made a mistake – I need a re-test. The girl on the other end of the line sounded confused, […]

January 2015

Prostate Biopsy: The Suprising Truth About How 2 Biopsies Can Be So Different

By |January 12th, 2015|

Yes, I had prostate cancer and, yes, I chose surgery to treat it. You may choose another form of therapy for your case, but there is one thing I found quite interesting about the surgical choice.

After prostate surgery, you learn your WHOLE cancer story. How much prostate cancer did I actually have (volume)? How widespread was it (staging)? How aggressive was it (grading)? Did the cancer leak out of the prostate gland and possibly spread or was it “organ confined?”

These are questions that can only be answered fully after the entire gland is removed during surgery and examined under a microscope in a lab. There the pathologist can analyze your entire prostate gland including other nearby tissue like seminal […]

One Man’s PSA History: the Rise to Prostate Cancer and the Fall After Prostate Surgery

By |January 4th, 2015|

Prostate cancer runs rampant in my family. I won’t bore you with the details, but it seems like most of the guys in my family are diagnosed with the disease when they hit their 60’s or 70’s.

So as a younger guy, this definitely got my attention. What to do? For starters, I was way more vigilant in checking my PSA level than your average Joe might have been.

As you can see from the graph below, I had been experiencing a pretty-steady, but slow rise over the years – then a big jump from PSA level 3 to 7 in one year.

I had a feeling it (prostate cancer) was coming, but when it looked like it had finally arrived, I […]

December 2014

The Truth Behind a Prostate Biopsy – What Is It Really Like?

By |December 28th, 2014|

What is it like to get a prostate biopsy? Well, all I can do is tell you how my procedure went, but from reading about others’ experiences, it seems like mine was fairly typical.

It all starts, of course, with a bad PSA score or a fast-rising PSA score or maybe a suspicious DRE (digital rectal exam). And your doctor says, “I think we should do a biopsy.”

At first I thought that I’d have to go to a local hospital for the test, but my doctor performs it in his office. We set up an appointment, and he had me take an antibiotic before (and after) the procedure.

The official medical name for the procedure I received is a Trans-rectal Ultrasound […]

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