Sunday, October 23, 2011
Well, here we are and Halloween is almost upon us again. I've changed my blog photo to a picture that I took over took thirty years ago on Halloween Night at the Venture Inn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. That was the last time I really celebrated Halloween big time. I would love to do so again but the opportunity just isn't presenting itself so bear with me while I pull up these photos from my Past Life. This one I titled "The Lost Soul."
So here is the latest on my prostate drama. I am scheduled for a random biopsy December 16th. This is where the doctor takes twelve chunks of flesh out of my prostate. And as the description says, it is "random." I have decided not to go this route. My first reason is the risk of infection. Pardon the grossness but the instruments that take the pieces of meat from my prostate actually has to pass through my colon, thus risking infection because the colon has feces in it. Of course I am to take an enema the night before as well as take an antibiotic but I've been reading that the antibiotics are becoming less and less effective. And then to top everything thing else off, taking these random biopsies is no guarantee that they will find the cancer if in fact I do have prostate cancer.
I am very sensitive about catching a hospital or doctor related infection because that is the one time I almost lost my life. I got a staph infection from a routine hernia operation when I was seventeen years old and almost checked out. I was in and out of the hospital for six months in 1959 and underwent three operations before they finally cleaned all the infection from my young body. I doubt if I would have survived if I was older. Thus, before I put myself in that situation again I had be pretty damn sure that the results will warrant me putting myself at that risk. Upon examining this situation, I don't think the risk is worth it.
Instead what I am going to do is undergo what is called an MRI-S which is a much less invasive procedure to find out if I do in fact have prostate cancer. This involves a 30-40 minute session in which an MRI will obtain between 700 and 800 clear images to be reviewed by a radiologist and urologist. The images may deem that a biopsy is not even necessary. Then is a biopsy is necessary it will be targeted rather than random as is the standard test now.
Monday I call my doctor (urologist) to discuss. The adventure continues.