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Who knows a lot about PSA test results?

Prostate Cancer | Last Active: Mar 12 7:58am | Replies (27)

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thank you, this numbers info is good to know so we don't hyperfocus on the numbers as meaning one extreme or another..will suggest encourage him to get a 2nd opinion after the MRI..he is going to Hopkins, so likely he won't but I will suggest so..thank you and take care

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I got my second opinion from Johns Hopkins on the prostate biopsy. I was glad I did because they found some things that Mayo Clinic did not.

After your boyfriend has a biopsy, he will better know his risk level, called a Gleason score. Mine was “favorable intermediate,” so I had the entire range of treatments to choose from. That is good, but can also tend to be overwhelming.

My wife and I spent several weeks reading articles, watching videos, reading books, clinical studies, etc. After my biopsy and diagnosis. It’s a very complicated subject! I was glad that I investigated both surgery and radiation, and interviewed 2 urology oncologists (surgeons) and 2 Radiation Oncologists. I’m lucky to live just an hour away from the mayo clinic in Minnesota.

An important thing is to give yourself some time, research, and look into both surgery and radiation. Whatever modality you choose it’s good to find a doctor who is very experienced in that modality.

Not sure where you live, but there are many “centers of excellence” across the US that deal with a lot of prostate cancer. Regardless, find the very best hospital that you are able to access.

I’d also say to stay on Mayo Connect. The phenomenally good surgeon that we wound up choosing was as a result of my wife putting a question out there on Mayo Connect and getting great responses.

Many or most prostate cancers are very slow growing, so that’s a positive. And there have been lots of improvements and treatments, high tech solutions, etc. in the last decade or so.

All the Best to you and your boyfriend in this journey. Feel free to give me a private message through this portal at any time if you would like to.

All the best,
Jim G