OK, Finally Agreed To Having A Cancer Biopsy - EDIT: Had It 7-18, Posts Below

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    Jul 15, 2011 11:58 PM GMT
    It'll be this Monday, July 18th. My urology visit today (Friday) didn't go well. PSA is still at 14, which is really kinda high. They also did another ultra-sound, with uncertain results. My partner had prostate cancer with a PSA of only 9.

    I remain optimistic. And the doctor promises me the procedure won't be as painful as my partner has related to me, that he had in 2003. One of the reasons I've been delaying this, but the doctor today was quite insistent, that it has to be done right NOW.

    Well, even if I do come up poz for cancer, the prostate is one of the easiest things to cure. And usually one of the slowest cancers to spread. At my age they often advise doing nothing these days, natural causes more likely to take me before the cancer does.

    Not sure how long before I'll get the results back, but I'll share them here. Keep your fingers crossed for me, 'K? icon_biggrin.gif

    BTW, they do the biopsy by going up my rectum, and taking tissue samples by penetrating into my prostate. icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 16, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    Glad to see you have a good sense of humor through all this!

    I know for me personally, when I was an active Health insurance agent, I always advised folks of extra information that most agents wouldn't do such as looking at health as a maintenance issue, rather than waiting til something goes wrong. Keep us updated!!
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    Jul 16, 2011 12:43 AM GMT
    "At your age?" You're 62....not 92!
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    Jul 16, 2011 12:43 AM GMT
    I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers, Art. Think healing.
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    Jul 16, 2011 12:44 AM GMT
    I feel really sad for your partner!.... and really hope that everything is going to be ok with you, but I dont really have any advice to give you!.... however I suggest that you speak freely with your doctor if you have any concerns regarding the need for the biopsy"stay positive!" good luck!icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 16, 2011 12:49 AM GMT
    Good job, and I'm glad you're getting it done.
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    Jul 16, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    pics or it didn't happen.

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    Jul 16, 2011 1:00 AM GMT
    ....sounds like a "rough date" icon_lol.gif......GOOD LUCK!..REALLY.
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    Jul 16, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    Had to do a case study on this cancer for class recently. Apparently masturbation before the PSA test can getcha an inceased level result. Also CA has been diagnosed at levels as low as 4.0ng/mL. Just trying to assuage any nervousness that may be going on with some factiods. Facts calm me. icon_smile.gif

    I hope your needle biopsy comes back neg!
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    Jul 16, 2011 1:54 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said"At your age?" You're 62....not 92!

    60s is when doctors are now beginning to advise those with prostate cancer to do little but monitor, and to not be aggressive with treatment until the cancer becomes aggressive. We shall see what they tell me, should they find it.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 16, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    Best of luck with it Bob... I hope all goes very well. Give us an update on your condition and the results!
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    Jul 16, 2011 2:17 AM GMT
    Is there going to be high def 3d video of the procedure? Instructional, of course. icon_razz.gif

    But srsly, I'm sending positive thoughts your way. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 16, 2011 2:27 AM GMT
    Upper_Canadian saidpics or it didn't happen.

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    LOL! Those would be interesting pics indeed. They tell me I'll be lying on my side in a fetal tuck while they shove this stuff up my ass to extract samples from my prostate, conscious, an out-patient procedure that shouldn't take more than about 10 minutes.

    The doctor assures me he uses the "latest" equipment that will reduce my discomfort, and be injecting my insides with lidocaine to numb me before he goes into my prostate. We shall see. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 16, 2011 2:30 AM GMT
    Be sure and make gay jokes before they do it ;)

    Seriously, I hope all goes well for you
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    Jul 16, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    Keeping my fingers crossed and sending positive thoughts your way!
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    Jul 16, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    My thoughts are with you as well. I'm pulling for you!!
  • islander24

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    Jul 16, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    Oh, Bob !
    I have had several friends that had a positive test result, as Carmine has said ,they seed it and it gets better. Very curable with treatment.

    On the other hand - they numb your passage ? Sounds like getting your ass in a sling. Get well quick so you can come back down.
    Bob
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    Jul 16, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    adam228 saidBe sure and make gay jokes before they do it ;)

    Seriously, I hope all goes well for you

    Thanks. I always make jokes & laugh, it's my way to reduce stress, for myself and for others.

    I've already told this doctor I have a gay partner. I think it's important that my health care providers know all about me. And I certainly have no shame about being gay. Maybe it helps me to be quite a bit older than him. Though using gay jokes as my ass is being probed may be in questionable taste and reflect badly on us, reinforcing unfavorable stereotypes.

    My partner has full rights to be involved with my health care, BTW, but honestly I think this procedure will be so quick and minor I'm not going to ask that he be present. If it's done where I think it will it'll be kinda crowded in there, and the doctor may have professional & medical reasons for not having an observer.

    And knowing my love, I think he'll be less stressed remaining in the waiting room, especially if I start fussing during this thing. No, the real issue isn't the procedure itself, but finding out what the results are, and that will take a week or so I believe. Thanks again for you concern, and that of others here. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 16, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
    Thinking of you and sending all good thoughts your way!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 16, 2011 3:13 AM GMT
    islander24 saidOh, Bob !
    I have had several friends that had a positive test result, as Carmine has said ,they seed it and it gets better. Very curable with treatment.

    On the other hand - they numb your passage ? Sounds like getting your ass in a sling. Get well quick so you can come back down.
    Bob

    The doctor said he'll give me a couple of lidocaine shots to my rectum wall and into my prostate, that he claimed would just feel like "pinches." icon_rolleyes.gif Then the rest will supposedly be painless.

    The curability depends on how advanced and aggressive it is. Both he and my GP have said I waited way too long for this biopsy. In fact, my GP thought I had cancer nearly 2 years ago. I don't like being rushed. LOL!

    Prostate cancer killed my Father, who delayed too long, and it spread through his body. I thought I was too young for it, since my Dad didn't get it until his 70s. But this urologist treating me says that when it shows up in the next generation, it often appears years earlier. NOW they tell me! icon_razz.gif
  • Thirdbeach

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    Jul 16, 2011 3:14 AM GMT
    Good wishes for your tests.

    I'm scheduled for cancer test on Aug. 30th



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    Jul 16, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    Thirdbeach saidGood wishes for your tests.

    I'm scheduled for cancer test on Aug. 30th

    May I ask for what? And why 6 weeks from now?
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    Jul 16, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    May I ask for what? And why 6 weeks from now?


    Colonoscopy to check for; well you know what they are checking.


    I am in Canada, if the Doctor was worried about it, I'd be going in sooner.
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    Jul 16, 2011 4:27 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
    May I ask for what? And why 6 weeks from now?

    Colonoscopy to check for; well you know what they are checking.

    I am in Canada, if the Doctor was worried about it, I'd be going in sooner.

    Ah, thanks. This doctor that saw me today (Friday), said he wanted this biopsy Monday, the earliest he could schedule it. He was kinda firm with me, which did get my attention. I still think it's my chronic infection, not cancer, but I guess I gotta cooperate.
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    Jul 18, 2011 7:02 PM GMT
    OK, had the procedure today (Monday, 7-11 ). The only truly unpleasant part was when I got the first lidocaine injection inside me, surprised me with a feeling like an electric shock. I did an involuntary spastic twitch before I recovered.

    "We got a jumper here!" said the doctor to his assistant. I asked him if that was unusual. He said no, men often react that way. The second shot was better. And the twelve tissue samples he drew were painless, though I did twitch a little at some, because they're done with some kind of spring-loaded device that makes a loud "click" as it penetrates the prostate and withdraws the sample in a flash. That click kinda spooked me, but I learned to relax when I realized it wasn't hurting me.

    I mention all this in case any of you guys face a prostate biopsy and will know what to expect, at least with this latest equipment. Afterwards as I was dressing I went through a bit of tingling as the lidocaine appeared to spread to my asshole. Then 15 minutes later I got a slight burning sensation that was kinda like a diaper rash.

    But that soon passed, too, and shortly afterwards I was sitting comfortably on a stool in the Alibi bar, pretending I'd been through a terrible ordeal and needed a drink (any excuse will do). At home 3 hours now after the procedure I feel nothing different at all. I'm going out for cocktails and dinner after 6.

    I have a return visit in 11 days, when the doctor will give me the results. Even he thinks the odds are in my favor, given my history and the previous ultra-sound results he did. But the chances are high enough based on other factors like my PSA readings that a biopsy was deemed mandatory to be certain. I'll post those findings, too.