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Uncle with Unknown Test Results

My favorite uncle has been fortunate to have pretty good health into his late 60s. At his most recent annual exam, his PSA score was a 5.7. He was told to return again in a few weeks and the PSA score went down to a 2.3.

To be cautious, his doctor ordered an MRI on his prostate. After reviewing the results, the doctor told him there are two “areas” that should be looked at further. On a scale of 1-5, 1 being very low probability of a problem, 5 being high probability of a problem, he gave him a 3. In other words, who knows?

So the doctor recommended my uncle to a specialist to talk about a possible targeted biopsy. He had some travel for work so hasn’t rushed to get that scheduled.

He emailed me: “So just a lot more of the same: tests that say maybe there’s a problem, and maybe not. Kinda frustrating, but I guess that’s better than having the doc look at the test and say “holy s#%&!”

I’m wondering if anyone else had to go through a lot of tests before receiving a clear diagnosis of prostate cancer. Any help is much appreciated!

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  • Vinny
    6 months ago

    My PSA has went up slowly and I have had MRI and then decided to have the biopsies and came out a Gleason scale of 3+3=6 and one core had a 5% cancer. So we are doing the surveillance and watch. I see the urologist this coming Monday, and I’m sure we will discuss our next steps. I have to say, I think I wouldn’t have felt good if it would have came back negative. You know your body and I feel a difference in the last year. Not saying I was glad but it did confirm my feelings. I liked having knowledge.
    I hope some of this helps, bottom line I needed to know.

  • Tnewman
    1 year ago

    He should do a targeted biopsy. My doctor used something called UroNav fusion biopsy. I also had my biopsy cores sent to ConfirmMDx to see if I had nearby cancer that was missed by the cores. It showed that I did have cancer that was missed by the biopsies.

  • ninaw moderator
    1 year ago

    @Tnewman, thank you again for your feedback! Keeping afloat of these tests beyond standard biopsy is so important. It sounds like you received some good guidance, and it’s great to have you passing it on. – Nina, Team

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