On September 10, JJD wrote:
> We are now looking at getting another pathologist to look at the biopsy and
> possibly another biopsy in a few months. I have also read articles
> concerning rectal tissue gathered during the biopsy process which mimics as
> prostate cancer. Does anyone one have any information or thoughts on our
I'd appreciate knowing the source of that information about rectal tissue.
So far as concerns a second opinion on the biopsy, that is always
prudent. The paraffin block and slides can be sent to an expert
pathology lab that specializes in PCa. In enlightened jurisdictions,
those specimens are the property of the patient, although some medics
and local labs have a problem grasping that idea.
The cost is around $350 (or more if additional services are ordered) and
should be covered by insurance.
Here is a list of contacts for expert labs:
Bostwick Laboratories  214-6628
Dianon Laboratories  328-2666 (select 5 for client services)
Jon Epstein (Hopkins)  955-5043 or  955-2162
David Grignon (Michigan)  745-2520
Jon Oppenheimer (Tennessee)  868-7522
UroCor, Inc.  411-1839
I recommend reading the authoritative website of the Prostate Cancer
Research Institute (PCRI), beginning with the section "Newly Diagnosed" at:
"Empowerment: taking responsibility for and authority over one's own
outcomes based on education and knowledge of the consequences and
contingencies involved in one's own decisions. This focus provides the
uplifting energy that can sustain in the face of crisis."
--Donna Pogliano, co-author of _A Primer on Prostate Cancer_, subtitled
"The Empowered Patient's Guide."