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. In my case, 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 suspect for high-grade prostate cancer. It turns out that my cancer was in the final stage before breaching the prostate and I had no symptoms.
At 178.75 cubic centimetres and 5.5 x 6.5 x 5.0 centimetres in dimension, my prostate was nearly three times the normal size. 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.
To learn more about how prostate cancer is diagnosed, please watch this video by PCF.org.
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.