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How likely is it that my prostate biopsy results were a false positive?

How likely is it that my prostate biopsy results were a false positive?

Very rare: Prostate biopsies are the only way to initially diagnose prostate cancer. Although a false positive result may occur, it is very unlikely and unlikely to occur. The grading of prostate cancer is fairly uniform known as the gleason grade and can be readily identified by a qualified pathologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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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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Why would a prostate biopsy results be delayed ?

Why would a prostate biopsy results be delayed ?

Challenging cases: Some biopsy findings are clear-cut. Some are challenging. There are biopsy findings which sometimes are difficult to classify, so pathologists will do additional testing, apply different chemical stains to the tissues in question, to try and discover the correct interpretation of the tissue. This can take time. It tries one's patience to wait, but the accuracy is worth the wait time. ...Read more

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In april 03, 2013 i had a prostate biopsy because of a high psa 9.0. The biopsy result was negative for cancer but the prostate is 2 times larger than?

In april 03, 2013 i had a prostate biopsy because of a high psa 9.0. The biopsy result was negative for cancer but the prostate is 2 times larger than?

PSA density: Can describe whether the size of your gland explains the psa. The negative biopsy says they did not find the cancer, but it can also mean they missed it. I would repeat the psa and establish a pattern. You should refrain from sex a week or 2 before repeating the psa. If the psa continues to rise, repeat the biopsies. ...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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Is it unusual to get results from a prostate biopsy as late as two weeks ?

Prostate biopsy: The turnaround time to get results from a biopsy depends on where your doctor is sending the tissue to be reviewed. Most biopsies take 2-3 days to be processed and reviewed, but a slightly complicated case may take 5-6 days and a very complicated case might take longer. Also, after the biopsy report is available, it might take a few days for your doctor to actually view it. ...Read more

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What percentage of the time does a prostate biopsy come back positive for cancer?

30-50%: With proper "screening, " most reports suggest a 30-50% positive biopsy result (currently with 10-12 cores obtained). Newer technology/approaches such as MRI mapping/guidance, confirmdx, "saturation" biopsies (26-32 cores) are increasing the "+" bx rate. With all of these comes increased cost and risk, however. ...Read more

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What is my urologist looking for in a blood test after a positive prostate biopsy, possibly wanting to check white cell count??

Probably PSA: Not sure what a "positive" biopsy means, unless this means one for cancer. PSA is prostate specific antigen and is a blood test to tell what level exists before treatment. ...Read more

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My prostate biopsy came back positive for cancer. Doctor ordered a blood test. Would he possibly be checking my white blood cell count?

My prostate biopsy came back positive for cancer.  Doctor ordered a blood test.  Would he possibly be checking my white blood cell count?

No: blood tests done for prostate cancer are usually done for two reasons. One is to get a baseline PSA. The other is to look for bone metastases. Alkaline Phosphatase can go up if the cancer has spread to the bone. Ask your doctor when you get the results. ...Read more

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My prostate biopsy came back positive for cancer. Urologist has ordered a blood test, bone scan, & CT Scan. What is he looking for in the B/test?

My prostate biopsy came back positive for cancer.  Urologist has ordered a blood test, bone scan, & CT Scan.  What is he looking for in the B/test?

Additional tests: after a positive biopsy for prostate cancer are done to determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. The bones are a common area for prostate cancer to spread (metastasize.) Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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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