.01 is considered undetectable. Are you sure the first test was 0.00? Perhaps it was something else (like 0.01) and you were told 0.00 - meaning undetectable. Did you see the report?
It would be interesting to know. But in any case - I wouldn't worry since the testing equipment is not that sensitive and .01 is considered 0.
Good luck to you - enjoy the good news.
Post Edited (jackcc) : 12/22/2008 9:31:39 AM (GMT-7)
It was one of the nurses at the surgery center that called me both times to report the PSA test result. First test after surgery was .00. The most recent test last week was reported as .01.
The surgeon himself, during one of my post-surgery follow up appointments, described the PSA test result that we were looking for and expecting was .00.
To me .00 means that absolutely no PSA was detected in the first test and in the second and most recent test, a small amount of PSA was "detected". Even though it is a minute amount (.01), in my mind I went from perfect to maybe not so perfect. I am now a bit apprehensive about the situation as this could be a first indication of a not so perfect and complete removal of the cancerous prostate.
Thanks for the moral support. Hopefully it will turn out well for everyone on this forum.
I agree with TC-LasVegas because 0.01 is considered nondetectable.
When I left the Dr after my first psa test post sugery I thought he said mine was .028 which is considered non detectable , but he told me I need radiation, I called back and found out my number was 0.28 not .028 , big difference, so call your Dr back
The lab that reports on my blood work does not report below .1 It is my understanding that anything more precise is subject to various irrelevant things that could create a bounce one way or another.
I suggest that you get a copy of the actual lab report. I bet there's a "<" before your number, which indicates it is less than whatever the actual number is.
To me, the difference between .1 and <.1 is big and would be good to know.
If your number is truely .01 (not .1), you should be thrilled. There seems to be some confusion whether the threshold is .01 or .1. It's my understanding it's .1
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Post Edited (BillyMac) : 1/23/2009 11:55:53 PM (GMT-7)