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Biopsy for a prostate problem - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, may I answer your health queries right now ? Please type your query he
Doctor :   hello
User :   I was online with a doctor discussing prostate health
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   i am Dr here
Doctor :   and you were talking to me
Doctor :   i was telling you about the procedure of biopsy
User :   You told me to not do DRE before PSA test. My last PSA test was done immediately afterDRE. Does this skew or raise results Also I had sex 6 hrs before PSA. Articles say both of these can temporaily raise levels. Please advise
Doctor :   yes the do raise the levels BUT at the same time the rise is not a substantial one
Doctor :   more over since in your case the levels are above 4 . we DONT TAKE ANY CHANCES and we would like to evaluate further
Doctor :   as your levels have been rising
User :   I had another test done this AM - do you think it could go done some based on the above
Doctor :   are the results out ?
User :   Not to my knowledge
Doctor :   ok, now i do understand your concern and what my personal advice is that going for a biopsy will give us a confirmation, and we would like to get a early confirmation so that what so ever the reason for the rise in PSA is, that can be tackled
Doctor :   the sooner any medical problem is diagnosed the better is the prognosis
User :   Given my levels what do you think my long term outlook will look like. I am scared of this whole situation
Doctor :   dont worry 4 is not a alarming level and such levels are not always cancerous
Doctor :   but we always want to make sure
User :   If my biopsy comes back positive then I will have it removed
Doctor :   yes and the prognosis is EXCELLENT
Doctor :   99% is the cure rate which is amazing
Doctor :   dont worry
Doctor :   be positive
Doctor :   one the cancerous part is removed with a amazing success rate
User :   Could a spinal operation done in January with heavy meds affect PSA levels
Doctor :   there are possibilities that can cause an increase including medications, but like i said no matter what ever the cause may be the protocol is always to be doubly sure
User :   Are you still typing
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   i have told you
Doctor :   there are possibilities that can cause an increase including medications, but like i said no matter what ever the cause may be the protocol is always to be doubly sure
User :   OK thanks for the help
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care of your self
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