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    The samples are shipped off to California,because...

    The samples are shipped off to California,because that's where the lab the doctors have a contract with is located.

    The first biopsy I had , they shipped the slides from Pittsburgh to Miraca Life...
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    A lot of doctors want the patients to get their...

    A lot of doctors want the patients to get their blood drawn outside of the office nowadays. Its easier for the lab,and the doctor's office, that way. The lab doesn't have to make a pickup.

    Its...
  3. There is an advantage to delaying RT, even if its...

    There is an advantage to delaying RT, even if its "inevitable".


    The doctor asked - "Why wait if it is inevitible? Why not hit the remaining PCa hard and be done with it?"


    The answer is if...
  4. It would seem pretty unlikely for PSA to go from...

    It would seem pretty unlikely for PSA to go from 10 to 97 in a single month. I suppose if you had the blood drawn right after the biopsy? Trauma to the urinary system can cause a temporary,...
  5. You definitely have a risky case here, no doubt...

    You definitely have a risky case here, no doubt about it. But there is still a decent chance that it is curable with Surgery and/or radiation as well as ADT. They will probably want to do surgery...
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    What the doctors are most likely to do at this...

    What the doctors are most likely to do at this point in time is to suggest Androgen Deprivation Therapy. Suppressing testosterone has been shown to be very effective at arresting the progress of...
  7. I think this is a query for the doctor here. ...

    I think this is a query for the doctor here. Although it was my understanding that radiation is more strictly a curative treatment- but ADT can be part of a protocol for a cure or to extend life
  8. The medical consensus is that ADT really improves...

    The medical consensus is that ADT really improves the performance of radiation treatment, and there are studies that prove it.

    People sometimes do get adjunctive radiation treatment without ADT...
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    Urinary symptoms including prostatitis and kidney...

    Urinary symptoms including prostatitis and kidney stones can be very frustrating for everyone involved. A friend of mine who is now 70, does not have PC, but has been seeing his urologist for a...
  10. Colonoscopy as well as the colonoscopy prep have...

    Colonoscopy as well as the colonoscopy prep have been found to increase PSA scores temporarily. Make sure that you tell your prostate specialists about it, it is at least a factor for him to...
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    Urinary symptoms and conditions as well as...

    Urinary symptoms and conditions as well as prostatitis can certainly cause PSA to rise, and Prostate Cancer is a pretty rare diagnosis for a young man like yourself.

    There is no way for anyone to...
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    The longer the time frame in between treatment...

    The longer the time frame in between treatment and a detectable PSA, the better. Its a lot more ominous if it happens quickly
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    3 months isn't a terribly long time to wait, a...

    3 months isn't a terribly long time to wait, a lot of symptoms resolve on their own, and GI symptoms are often the results of anxiety.

    Until they actually do the biopsy and analyze the cells in...
  14. Thread: Its time

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    Have you had other biopsies other than the 2016...

    Have you had other biopsies other than the 2016 event?

    Ordinarily under an AS protocol, a followup biopsy is usually done a year done the line. The possibility of missing hot spots is certainly...
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    You really have nothing to worry about here. ...

    You really have nothing to worry about here.

    Have you read Dr. Walsh's book "Surviving Prostate Cancer"?

    These kinds of small fluctuations happen and its not BCR until it reaches 0.100.
    ...
  16. Thread: uPSA test

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    Not every PC patient who has had treatment needs...

    Not every PC patient who has had treatment needs a uPSA test.

    I don't know if patients like your dad who has received surgery as well as hormone treatment already should get ultra sensitive...
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    I understand the Good RX is a good resource for...

    I understand the Good RX is a good resource for anyone, particular those without a drug program.

    The prices on prescriptions is really very flexible. If you go into a drug store and pay cash for...
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    That's probably the most realistic idea. As far...

    That's probably the most realistic idea. As far as the test results, they are either fine or they require further action on your part. If they aren't so great, nothing is going to be done...
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    If the doctor's office already has the results,...

    If the doctor's office already has the results, they may already be posted on the patient portal there.
  20. Even just a wee bit of blood can look like a lot...

    Even just a wee bit of blood can look like a lot more when its in your urine.

    I had a little bit of blood a week after my last biopsy. These things happen.

    By all means take it seriously and...
  21. When I was diagnosed in January 2014, I was told...

    When I was diagnosed in January 2014, I was told that 90% of men choose treatment with 70% of all men choosing surgery. So that would be close to the numbers Parikh is citing
  22. Most surgeons are cool with being operated on...

    Most surgeons are cool with being operated on themselves, when its definitely called for or when its an option .

    This definitely makes sense. Surgery is their vocation and livelihood, they really...
  23. This kind of question really depends on the age...

    This kind of question really depends on the age and co-morbidities of the individual patient. I don't think genomic tests and imaging technology have progressed to the point where many medical...
  24. Dr. Walsh discusses this in his "Surviving...

    Dr. Walsh discusses this in his "Surviving Prostate Cancer" tome, and he's of the general viewpoint(at least in the 3rd edition) that delaying hormone treatment has a lot to be said for it.

    It...
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    Surgeons will generally not do a radical...

    Surgeons will generally not do a radical prostatectomy until 6 weeks after the biopsy, so you definitely have to take some time anyhow.

    They have to give your prostate time to recover from the...
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