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MRI scan now biopsy needed

Posted 21 Mar 2019 at 13:07

Hi my husband had his MRI scan a couple of weeks ago, they have told him he must now have a biopsy, 

what's the average waiting time for this to happen please

Posted 21 Mar 2019 at 17:00
Your question is irrelevant to your situation. You need to know the delay in your particular case. Ask the specialist nurse in oncology or urology. A simple phone call will put your mind at rest.


Posted 21 Mar 2019 at 17:01
Mine was 7 wks
Posted 22 Mar 2019 at 15:02

Consultant told me it would be about 2 weeks to have a template biopsy, but it seems they were not very clued up about the waiting list. It was actually 6 weeks to the pre-op health check, and another 2 weeks to the op itself. The waiting list office initially suggested it would be even longer, but I talked with my McMillan nurse a few times, and they may have knocked a bit off the wait.

Posted 22 Mar 2019 at 15:11

It can vary depending on the hospital and how busy it is.   I felt they squeezed me in at the end of a clinic so it was about a week, but that was over 2 years ago. 

A normal biopsy is a very simple procedure whereas some say it's better to have a template biopsy which is a knockout job.  If you've had an MRI first a normal biopsy should find enough samples.

Posted 22 Mar 2019 at 15:39

An MRI scan can give a good indication if an TRUS biopsy is suitable - a TRUS biopsy can only access some parts of the prostate, so it's not suitable in all cases.

I has a TRUS biopsy first - that was done there and then during a one-stop clinic/consultation. (The MRI report which hadn't turned up in time went on to say, correctly, that a TRUS wasn't suitable in my case, so I had the template biospy later.)

Posted 22 Mar 2019 at 16:10
Another case of ‘two for the price of one’ biopsies.

“..the trial has shown us that the TRUS biopsy is as bad as we thought it was” - the leading prostate cancer consultant oncologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Best of luck.

Cheers, John

Posted 22 Mar 2019 at 19:04
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