Monday, December 10, 2012

PSA






A little over a month ago, my blood test indicated a heightened PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) count.  The PSA is the test that rates your chance of having prostate cancer.  Apparently, anything over .4 is considered high and usually results in more tests and the likelihood of a biopsy.  My doctor sent me to a Urologist who took another blood sample which resulted in a score above .7.  Biopsy here I come.  I had the biopsy about two weeks ago.  Believe me when I say it is not fun.  Thankfully, my doctor/urologist believes in pain killers and they gave me several shots of novacaine, including one directly into the prostate gland.  They first insert an ultrasound probe that looks very much like a large dildo.  Then after looking around and taking several pictures, they insert the needle to take the samples.  The needle is about two feet long.  It was most uncomfortable, but if it hadn't been for the pain killers, I'm sure it would have been quite painful.  The pre-biopsy info sheet I was given, indicated that there would be "some" pain for an hour or so after the procedure.  They lied.  The pain, slight as it was, lasted for more than twenty-four hours.  The doctor called me around 19h00 to inform me that there was no cancer.


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À la prochaine, mes amis.

3 comments:

Nadege said...

Very good news and peace of mind!

Ken Broadhurst said...

Glad to read this, Starman. They say the PSA tests give a lot of false positives.

Megan said...

glad it came out okay. Happy Holidays.