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Cancer: Prostate Message Board


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Dickiedo's experience is almost identical to my son-in-laws father. It took four biopsies to detect the prostate cancer. He also had a rising PSA and rapid psa doubling time which made his urologist virtually certain he had cancer although the first 4 biopsies couldn't detect it.
Other than a saturation biopsy, which is difficult and unpleasant, a typical 12-16 core sampling is exactly that--a sampling. Its comparable to plunging a needle into an orange 16 times trying to spear a pit. Of course a biopsy uses ultrasound to guide the needle to the suspected area if it can be seen,but the tumor cells are often in microscopic clusters and the needle isn't so there's a lot of false negatives. A rising PSA, PSA doubling time of less than a year or two and a low Free PSA > 25% are typically suspicious indications of prostate cancer and investigation should be pursued.
[QUOTE=shs50;3598142]Dickiedo's experience is almost identical to my son-in-laws father. It took four biopsies to detect the prostate cancer. He also had a rising PSA and rapid psa doubling time which made his urologist virtually certain he had cancer although the first 4 biopsies couldn't detect it.
Other than a saturation biopsy, which is difficult and unpleasant, a typical 12-16 core sampling is exactly that--a sampling. Its comparable to plunging a needle into an orange 16 times trying to spear a pit. Of course a biopsy uses ultrasound to guide the needle to the suspected area if it can be seen,but the tumor cells are often in microscopic clusters and the needle isn't so there's a lot of false negatives. A rising PSA, PSA doubling time of less than a year or two and a low Free PSA > 25% are typically suspicious indications of prostate cancer and investigation should be pursued.[/QUOTE]

SHS50.. Do you know what his PSA was before and after they found cancer?
[QUOTE=shs50;3598142]Dickiedo's experience is almost identical to my son-in-laws father. It took four biopsies to detect the prostate cancer. He also had a rising PSA and rapid psa doubling time which made his urologist virtually certain he had cancer although the first 4 biopsies couldn't detect it.
Other than a saturation biopsy, which is difficult and unpleasant, a typical 12-16 core sampling is exactly that--a sampling. Its comparable to plunging a needle into an orange 16 times trying to spear a pit. Of course a biopsy uses ultrasound to guide the needle to the suspected area if it can be seen,but the tumor cells are often in microscopic clusters and the needle isn't so there's a lot of false negatives. A rising PSA, PSA doubling time of less than a year or two and a low Free PSA > 25% are typically suspicious indications of prostate cancer and investigation should be pursued.[/QUOTE]

What is a saturation biopsy. What exactly is done?





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