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Posted 13 Sep 2018 at 11:25

DH can’t get MRI until October 22nd. Is that way to long? His PSA was 4.0 Sept 7, up from 3.2 on October 2017. I am terrified that if he has cancer it will have spread! Just freaking out a bit😬

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Posted 13 Sep 2018 at 13:52
Even if he has prostate cancer, 6 weeks is unlikely to make a difference - we sort of imagine the cancer cells marching wildly around the body but it isn't really like that. Changes are gradual. Surprised that with medical insurance you have to wait that long though - have you opted for a particularly popular hospital?
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

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Posted 13 Sep 2018 at 14:54
My friend has BUPA insurance and he had an MRI scan, a template biopsy and a consultation with a specialist privately, within I think, around three weeks.

If you are so worried about it, and will be fretting for weeks, see if you can get a quicker mpMRI somewhere else. Try and find a scanner with 3T (the best) resolution. If you have to drive a few miles for a one hour procedure, surely it’s worth it to save weeks of worry.

Your insurance company will know more about it and which hospitals they have contracts with. Tell them you find the the wait unacceptable. I had my MRI much quicker than that on the NHS.

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Posted 13 Sep 2018 at 20:53
Sally is in America, Bollinge
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

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Posted 25 Sep 2018 at 22:21

Hi Sally. I was diagnosed last Thursday and I will be going for my bone scan tomorrow. My MRI is only taking place in about 6 weeks time, and I was also anxious that it the prolonged timeline may worsen the situation, but I had been reassured by many members here that this 4-8 weeks are needed in order for accurate MRI results when it takes place after a biopsy. So please be assured that the 6 weeks time frame is not 'too long' and is vital for the reliable results.

I wish you and your husband all the best!

 
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