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Going for Biopsy

Posted 27 Nov 2017 at 17:37


I am a 52 year old male who has been on testosterone injections for 2 years now.

I have had ct scans and mri scans and I have just returned from my specialist who went over the results.

He said that it looks like I have  a tumour on the left side of my prostrate.

He said at this stage it looks like its contained in  the prostrate, and not travelled to any other organs I had a chest ct scan and a bladder systomeny a few months ago for other health issies and they were all clear

My psa was 1.5 then 3  then up to 6 in 6 months so they weren't concerned.I asked for further tests to be done and they weren't really wanting me to go as they said it wasn't necessary They said  they would monitor my psa every 6 months

Being a bit brazen I said I would rather go for further tests .To cut a long story short I got the mri scan so I am waiting to go for the biopsy where they give me a local anesthetic .Sorry to rabbit on but He said if it is what he thinks I can go for the operation I have also decided to stop the injections as this is what feeds the tumour he said.

I know there are different circumstances and every  person wants to go with different options my wife is very understanding and the sexual side doesn't bother us but is there different treatments available rather than total removal of the prostrate 

this will probably been answered on the forums but everything is a bit burred with what he said I feel like I'm in a dream

thank you so much for reading this very long post 


Posted 27 Nov 2017 at 20:54

Hi, please click my picture and read my profile. Why were you on TRT. ? May I ask. I was in the same situation but before I knew it my psa was 15 then upbto 43. Surgery done all too late I’m afraid. My consultant even left me on TRT explaining that it even protects the prostate , yet why does all HT clinically castrate you and remove testosterone from the body ??? Sadly I’m on the incurable path now. Your rate of psa climb is not good like mine.

If life gives you lemons , then make lemonade

Posted 28 Nov 2017 at 00:26

Hi Kevin,

Some men diagnosed at an early stage are offered the option of Active Surveillance (AS) rather than have immediate radical treatment. This defers the potential adverse effects of radical treatment for at least some time. However, there is a small risk that the cancer progresses so the window of best opportunity for curative treatment is missed. Some men would not find this acceptable or indeed be prepared to have the cancer untreated in their Prostate.

Younger men like yourself tend to have surgery for several reasons. If the cancer is completely contained within the Prostate removing it provides a very good chance of a cure. However, if not all the cancer can be removed surgically RT can be subsequently given to areas close to where the prostate was. RT as a treatment can lead to further cancer years later and some cancer cells are more radio resistant than others.

Nevertheless, some younger me opt for RT in one of it's forms regardless, possibly because they fear a major operation or the increased risk of incontinence (short or long term) that surgery may give.

There are also other possible options for suitable men but very few hospitals that undertake them.

I suggest you do some research on treatments an potential side effects as this is quite involved and goes far beyond what I have briefly mentioned. A good place to start is to obtain or download the 'Toolkit' from the publications section of this Charity.

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