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.
At 178.75 cubic centimetres and 5.5 x 6.5 x 5.0 centimetres in dimension, my prostate was nearly three times 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.
Since I had no symptoms, and it was out of reach of the DRE, I may not have known until it spread.
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