It’s important to note that a prostate biopsy can miss cancer, as in my case. I’ve had two prostate biopsies, four years apart. The first was a random sampling and was negative. Four years later, due to continued rising PSA, a second biopsy, this time MRI-targeted, confirmed cancer.
All men should consider an MRI before a prostate biopsy. An MRI would have saved me from an unnecessary random biopsy and helped locate my cancer four years earlier, giving it less time to grow and spread. I’m thankful for the MRI as it identified an abnormal area that was suspected of high-grade prostate cancer. My cancer was in the final stage before breaching the prostate, and I had no symptoms.
My prostate was nearly three times the normal size at 178.75 cubic centimetres and 5.5 x 6.5 x 5.0 centimetres in dimension. It weighed 117 grams and contained 43 percent cancer — a sizable amount. For perspective, my prostate was about the size of four and a half golf balls, of which almost two golf balls were cancer.
For more details, please watch my YouTube video, Gogs’ Biopsy – Prostate Cancer Strikes – Video 8.
To learn more about a prostate biopsy, please read my article below;
I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my prostate cancer diagnosis and lessons learned. You can listen to all my medical posts under Gogs’ Medical Testing.
If you’re newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and live in Canada please request a free Reef Knot Kit from Prostate Cancer Foundation BC. Each kit contains a copy of my book, Prostate Cancer Strikes: Navigating the Storm. For more details, please read the Announcement in my local paper.