Posts Tagged ‘rising PSA’

PROSTABLOG NZ: Sooo…another nil PSA test, 60 weeks after the prostatectomy.

So far, so good.

I guess the next hurdle is two years out (from the surgery on March 25, 2009), when – according to the reading I’ve done – if the prostate cancer is going to flare up again, that’s when the first sign is likely to show in rising PSA.

Here’s my PSA readings over the past couple of years:

  • August 30, 2007: 0.9
  • November 28, 2008: 0.7 – this was when a digital exam first discovered cancer.

MARCH 25, 2009: Radical prostatectomy

  • August 6, 2009: <0.05
  • January 29, 2010: <0.05
  • May 21, 2010: <0.05

Note the PSA was never very high, which reinforces the message I give to anyone who’ll listen – get both the PSA and the digital exam, because some of us don’t show on PSA.

I’m hoping that no longer applies, of course. If I have recurrence, I want something to show up.

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URO TODAY: Salvage cryotherapy appears to be the treatment of choice for patients who have a rising PSA after radiation therapy, provided their PSA level is less than 4ng/ml and they were good candidates for local therapy prior to radiation therapy. READ MORE>

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