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A psa 6.9 is biopsy needed?

A psa  6.9 is biopsy needed?

Maybe: While a psa level of 6.9 might suggest the need for a biopsy, factors such as a patients age, other medical conditions, life expectancy, previous psa values, the presence of lower urinary tract symptoms that might suggest prostate infection or inflammation, feel of the prostate on palpation, family history of prostate cancer and patient desire to have the biopsy all factor into this decision. ...Read more

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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Is a bone marrow biopsy better than a chromosome analysis to diagnose blood cancer?

Is a bone marrow biopsy better than a chromosome analysis to diagnose blood cancer?

Yes: Usually, when a bone marrow biopsy/aspirate is done, additional material is collected for special testing, such as flow cytometry and chromosome analysis. While the most important information is obtained by microscopically examining the cells in the bone marrow, the results of those special studies can help the pathologist more specifically diagnose the cancer, if one is present. ...Read more

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My PSA is a 5, I'm going for a ultrasound guidance prostate biopsy. Is this procedure painful. Is it necessary?

My PSA is a 5, I'm going for a ultrasound guidance prostate biopsy. Is this procedure painful. Is it necessary?

At 55 yes: Prostatic biopsy at 55 is indicated ( yes necessary ) , relatively low low risk out patient procedure , rarely needs strong pain medication for some none after the procedure . ...Read more

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Which test is recommended for checking that prostate cancer is organ-contained? A needle biopsy or a Trans-rectal MRI?

Which test is recommended for checking that prostate cancer is organ-contained?  A needle biopsy or a Trans-rectal MRI?

Radiography: Needle biopsy will only reveal tumor cells within the prostate gland. Usually, multiple core biopsies are obtained as cancer cells can be scattered throughout the prostate gland. To determine if the cancer has spread beyond the prostate locally, transrectal ultrasound or MRI would be more appropriate. To evaluate for metastatic disease, CT or PET scanning would be modalities of choice. ...Read more

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Is a biopsy necessary for IgA nephropathy?

Is a biopsy necessary for IgA nephropathy?

IgA Nephropathy: Urine and blood tests can be done but the only way for your doctor to confirm a diagnosis of IgA nephropathy is with a kidney biopsy. ...Read more

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What is the new fna molecular marker test by veracyte. Is it a very good biopsy technique for papillary cancer?Please explain http://www.Veracyte.Com

What is the new fna molecular marker test by veracyte. Is it a very good biopsy technique for papillary cancer?Please explain
http://www.Veracyte.Com

Hmmm...: Seems to be a lot of queries on the topic of thyroid cancer these past few days; and my answer is still the same so please refer to my earlier post(s) the best test for you is the one your doctor orders; as far as the compnay the makes the test that decision is usually up to the lab that processes the pathology; best to leave this to the experts(oncologists/endocrinologists/hospitals) involved. ...Read more

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Is one biopsy reliable to diagnose a merkel cell carcinoma or since it's so rare another biopsy is recommended for a second opinion?

Not a second biopsy: But potentially a second pathologist to review the first biopsy. Most hospitals will automatically have a second pathologist review the slides if a diagnosis of cancer is being considered. ...Read more

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My psa is 12 and a biopsy is scheduled. How likely is cancer?

My psa is 12 and a biopsy is scheduled. How likely is cancer?

Await biopsy results: Psa is a marker for prostate cancer, but it is not very specific, since it can be elevated in enlarged prostates or infections. For this reason, we try not to cause undue anxiety with a prediction. Risk calculators do exist, based on the results of 5, 519 men from the placebo arm of the pcpt trial. A version can be found at: http://deb.Uthscsa.Edu/uroriskcalc/pages/uroriskcalc.Jsp. ...Read more

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What is a bone marrow biopsy done for ?

What is a bone marrow biopsy done for ?

Bone marrow biopsy: Hi, Bone Marrow biopsy is usually performed when a blood cell disorder is suspected, blood cell disorders are: Leukemia, aplastic anemia, multiple mylemoa and etc and some infectious processes. ...Read more

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Is the prostate exam a better screening tool than a psa test?

Is the prostate exam a better screening tool than a psa test?

Neither that good: Neither of these examinations is particularly good at detecting prostate cancer. Both should be employed in a person at risk for prostate cancer. ...Read more

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Is a lapriscopy biopsy usually more accurate than a needle biopsy?

Sometimes: It depends on what is being biopsied and the amount of tissue sent for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is a pap smear enough to diagnose cervical cancer, or is biopsy necessary?

Is a pap smear enough to diagnose cervical cancer,  or is biopsy necessary?

Depends: Pap smear is usually a screening tool that if abnormal prompts one to do a colposcopy with biopsy to definitively diagnose cervical cancer. Although ca in situ can be seen initially with a pap smear. ...Read more

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Mammo Prescription and it as DX Z12.31- encounter for screening mammogram for malignant neoplasm of breast what is DX is it for a routine mammo ?

 Mammo Prescription  and it as DX Z12.31- encounter for screening mammogram for malignant neoplasm of breast what is  DX is it for a routine mammo ?

ICD-10 code: Doctor's have to come up with codes for billing purposes - especially when we order tests. This system is called ICD-10. It is the 10th generation of the International Classification of Diseases if you really want to know. "Dx" stands for 'diagnosis', and Z12.31 is a breast cancer screening code for the mammogram. I'd ask the doctor more questions if you're still not sure. ...Read more

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Is a testicular biopsy done to look for sperm?

Is a testicular biopsy done to look for sperm?

Yes and No: A testicular biopsy, done in conjunction with ivf / icsi, can be done to look for sperm in different poles of the testicle or different sides. It is also a diagnostic procedure to discover the cause of lack of sperm in the semen or azospermia. ...Read more

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Is there a more thorough test for liver cancer than biopsy?

Is there a more thorough test for liver cancer than biopsy?

No: Biopsy would be the most definitive diagnostic means to test the cells themselves for any abnormalities. ...Read more

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Is it worth taking the 4k test for possible prostate issues, it is recommended by my Urologist....much more to the story ?

Is it worth taking the 4k test for possible prostate issues, it is recommended by my Urologist....much more to the story ?

4k: It is a relatively new blood test which will give you an idea if you have a prostate biopsy whether you would have an aggressive or mild form of prostate cancer. It is not covered by insurance and only certain labs will run this test. Just make sure you know the costs and where it can be done. ...Read more

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Is an endometrial biopsy the same as a biopsy for HPV virus?

Is an endometrial biopsy the same as a biopsy for HPV virus?

No: Endometrial biopsy samples tissue from the endometrium, i always do a hysteroscopy when I do that, hpv is diagnosed on pap smear or hpv culture, or biopsy of a vulvar wart will show hpv. ...Read more

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Does the level 10 psa indicates a malignant prostate growth for sure ?

Does the level 10 psa indicates a malignant prostate growth for sure ?

Not necessarily: Psa level of 10 does warrant a prostate biopsy, though the level by itself is not diagnostic of cancer. ...Read more

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How is a bone test done after a prostate biopsy?

How is a bone test done after a prostate biopsy?

Bone Scan: You get an injection of a radioactive material. Two hours later, you return to nuclear medicine and lay under a machine called gamma camera for about 40 to 45 min for getting pictures of your bone to see if your prostate cancer had spread to the bone. ...Read more

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What is an imaging test for prostate cancer?

What is an imaging test for prostate cancer?

Many: The common imaging tests in prostate cancer evaluation include ct and MRI of the pelvis and prostate, bone scan, pet-ct bone scan with naf-18 tracer, and rarely the prostascint test. Most cases need a basic ct scan and a bone scan. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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Prostate Specific Antigen (Definition)

Psa is a protein made in the prostate gland that functions to liquefy sperm. It is a serine protease made by both normal and malignant prostate glands. Commonly used as a screening test for prostate cancer, the psa test is widely used to detect which men would benefit from a prostate biopsy as well as detect cancer recurrence in men who have been ...Read more