“….If your PSA or DRE raises a red flag that cancer may be present, a biopsy can determine whether or not you have the disease….” (Scardino – Pg. 150) “…A biopsy is the only means we currently have to diagnose prostate cancer but the test is far from foolproof. Be sure to have a second, independent expert pathologist review your results. Always request a complete pathology report, including information on what was found in every sample core and whether there was any finding of high-grade, poorly differentiated cancer…..” (Scardino – Pg. 172) 

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If you have not had a biopsy, I know there are many descriptions and men react differently. I agree with the person who says each sample (10 to 12) feels like a rubber band snapping against your colon. Uncomfortable - yes but not terribly painful in my case.

My first biopsy in 2000 where only six cores were sampled was negative. Later my urologist told me in 2006 that the tumor had probably been in my prostate for ten years. The second biopsy had ten cores and after my urologist showed me the grainy picture he observed my prostate was large but smooth and healthy looking. Two days later he called and said I had a Gleason 8 tumor in one of the cores.

James F. Girand


2 of 12 cores had cancer at Gleason 7.   Body scans were negative.

73 year old male
December 30, 2007