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Doctor insights on: Do I Need A Prostate Biopsy If My Psa Is 24 And I Am 65 Yr Old

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Do I need a prostate biopsy if my psa is 2.4 and I am 65 yr old?

Do I need a prostate biopsy if my psa is 2.4 and I am 65 yr old?

Maybe: If you haven't already had one, you definitely need a good exam of your prostate, called a "digital rectal exam". This means your doctor feels the surface of your prostate gland with his or her finger inserted into your rectum. Any enlargement or nodules on your prostate gland would favor biopsy. This simple exam is often skipped due to embarrassment of the doctor or the patient. Ask for it! ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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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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I m 55 yrs. old my PSA has been a 5. It a been like this for awhile. Doc says a prostate biopsy neces. Test safe?

I m 55 yrs. old my PSA has been a 5. It a been like this for awhile. Doc says a prostate biopsy neces. Test safe?

Discuss w Urologist: This is the very reason many organizations no longer recommend PSA test (see USPSTF), because it often leads to unnecessary prostate biopsies. Prostate biopsy is a relatively safe procedure, but does carry some risks and side effects. I suggest discussing your result with a Urologist, as it is above normal, but stable. They may recommend additional lab tests vs biopsy. ...Read more

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My PSA went or increased to a 5. Going for prostate biopsy, is it painful?

My PSA went or increased to a 5. Going for prostate biopsy, is it painful?

Yes, and treatable: There is pain but not too bad. Any over the counter medication like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin should be sufficient to relieve the pain. ...Read more

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How long should I wait after having a prostate biopsy before having another psa test?

How long should I wait after having a prostate biopsy before having another psa test?

At least 6 weeks: Psa will be elevated by any manipulation of the prostate including a biopsy. You should wait at least 6 weeks before having another psa checked. ...Read more

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Hello, My PSA went up to a 5, recommended prostate biopsy. The result was negative. Should be concerned? Thanks!

Follow-up: A negative biopsy result is good, however, you should follow your doctor's advice for continued vigilance and periodic check-ups. There is no need to worry. ...Read more

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My psa result is 5.6 then I have it ultrasound and negative. Should I have my prostate biopsy?

My psa result  is 5.6  then  I have  it ultrasound and negative. Should I have my prostate  biopsy?

Yes but: Speak to your doctor , besides prostate cancer there are other causes for elevated psa levels , if elevation is persistent and prostate exam is suspicious at 56 biopsy is indicated good luck. ...Read more

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Urine test showed a 6.7 psa level, should I accept the recommendation for a prostate biopsy?

Urine test showed a 6.7 psa level, should I accept the recommendation for a prostate biopsy?

Probably: A blood test with a psa of 6.7 is hi. But other factors need to be taken into account such as your age, overall health, and your 10 year life expectancy. If you are young anf healthy, then a biopsy is usually recommended. As an alternative, active monitoring of the blood in 3 months is also an option but you must closely monitor the psa as it may signify prostate cancer. ...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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Are there any less traumatic and invasive alternatives to prostate biopsy in response to a high psa, such as MRI of the prostate?

Are there any less traumatic and invasive alternatives to  prostate biopsy in response to a high psa, such as MRI of the prostate?

No: You would not want to be treated for prostate cancer unless there was conclusive tissue confirmation of the diagnosis. This is only obtained by a biopsy. All other tests whether they be a blood test, an x-ray or MRI study or other technology can be helpful in staging and evaluating the prostate. But a biopsy is crucial in the process. ...Read more

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


Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more