Why did you want to avoid a third biopsy?
Patient Jim Goodacre
Title: Why did you want to avoid a third biopsy?
My protocol is about every two years, I’m at UCSF, and the radiologist would like a biopsy every couple years, and it’s not something that I want to have to go through every couple years so I was overdue for by prostate biopsy.
I didn’t want a biopsy because the last couple biopsies were not an exciting time, I should say the least. Not only is it a little painful, but I’m on a blood thinner, and because I’m on a blood thinner that means that I have to come off that blood thinner, have the biopsy, and then go back on the blood thinner and this last episode caused a lot of excess bleeding, causes dizziness, causes my blood pressure to drop dramatically, it causes a very scary kind of feeling and not something I want to go through on a regular basis, and that’s what a biopsy does for me.
So because I was due for a biopsy, I wanted to avoid that biopsy and so I brought up the fact that I had heard about the parametric MRIs, the physician and I’m with Dr. Peter Carroll, he agreed that the MRI would probably be a good next step, rather than go through another biopsy knowing what kind of reaction I had to it, and why I didn’t want to have it done anyway, so they were very receptive, they said they’re seeing more of the patients starting to switch over from a biopsy approach to the MRI, so I was delighted when I heard that, and said sign me up, and so I have an appointment for six months from now so that’s when I’ll be doing my next MRI.
Closing Title: Share your personal concerns with your physician