Hi guys! I am very happy for found this forum. I have been learning a lot from you in the last 8 days. I have been reading you advices, been sad with some histories and happy with others, laughing about some funny comments and very worry about some information that is totally new to me. I have hope too because I see that the treatments and research about Prostate Cancer are everyday more effectives.
This is my history: I have 49 years old and my father had Prostatic cancer treated at his 73 years old. He died 3 years ago at age 82 from a heart attack. On May 2008 my PSA level was for first time 3.5, on Nov 2010 was 5.5 and I had a Biopsy at the Kaiser hospital in Manteca that was negative. After 2010 my PSA continued around the same level until two weeks ago that my PSA reading was 8.7. My doctor want to do another blind biopsy but I learned with you guys about the MIRS I think is the way I should go before stab my gland with another 12 sample needles. I asked to my Urologist at Kaiser about the MRIS and he told me that is not an effective way to detect prostatic cancer and I should do the biopsy by the traditional way so looks to me they do not have this technology in their hospitals so I am very anxious and in some way desperate because I do not see a way to have access to the MRIS. I remember to read in the forum that the cost of this test is around $70,000 so honestly I don’t know how to solve this situation. I know that I have to take a decision as soon I can but I need some advice to maybe find a way to have the test at UCSF or other institution. Unfortunately my income is very tight at this moment and with a family of 3 dependents I do not have enough money to pay a big ticket.
I maybe finish doing the blind biopsy if I do not find a way to have the MRIS but is terrible to know that one technology is so inaccurate and maybe return another negative result when the other one is so precise and allow me to take a better decision for treatment and the tranquility that my family need.
-Please, Are there some ways to have a MRIS for regular people like me?
-Having Kaiser eliminate my possibilities to have a MRIS?
I'll appreciate from the bottom of my heart any advice to find the best choice for my case. Thank you guys and God bless you!