I went for a routine physical on October 7th and my doctor performed the dreaded digital rectal exam (DRE) as part of the process. When she felt a firm mass on my prostate, she made sure that the blood drawn the previous day would also have a PSA test run on it. The results on the PSA were elevated (5) and my doctor hooked me up with the local urologist for further screening.
On October 21st, the urologist needed to perform his own DRE and confirmed what my personal physician had detected: a mass on the right side of my prostate. A trans-rectal ultrasound biopsy was ordered and took place on November 3rd.
Twenty tissue samples and a week later, the pathology report was in. The appointment for the results was at 8:45 AM on Thursday, November 11, 2010.
My sister and her husband would drive from their home in Chicago Wednesday night to spend the evening with me and offer moral support the next morning as the results were being delivered.