Ain't PSA anxiety wonderful?

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BillSD
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 7/13/2012 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't give an update on my PSA results in January. It rattled me a bit (again) when the results came back 0.1 unstead of the usual "less than" 0.1. But my Onco told me they switched to a new lab, and 0.1 is the lowest they measure. So I decided to wait until the next test to see what's up. Got the call yesterday, 0.1 again. A follow-up call confirmed that is "less than detectable" - an official zero, at least with this lab.
 
Glad to be an "old timer" still rolling zeroes. I'm celebrating by offering prayers and long distance hugs to my PCa brothers and our loved ones!
 
Bless you, all.
 
Bill in San Diego
 
Age 64 (59 @ Dx) PSA 4.4
Biopsy 5/15/08 Gleason (3+3=6)
Bone scan and pelvic CT: clear
HT - 2 mo Casodex, 3 mo Trelstar
RRP Surgery 9/15/08
Pathology Gleason 3+4=7, Stage pT2c pN0 MX
SV, perineural margin, 18 lymph nodes, bladder neck: all carcinoma free
PNI & Distal Margin: Carcinoma present
IMRT (35 Treatments) End 1/27/09
PSA (10/08) (3/09) (7/09) (1/10) (6/10) (12/10) (6/11) all <0.1

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 7/13/2012 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news. Have a nice weekend....

Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 24300
   Posted 7/13/2012 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Bill,

Good to hear from you again. You are proving the point, why many doctors don't like giving their patients ultra sensitive PSA readings. As long as you are at that .10, it's still considered undetectable. I have watched too many guys here at HW fretting when their .003 goes to .004, and things like that. Life is too short to get into that kind of worry. As you see from my stats, my last PSA reading in April rocketed to 37.x, and I am not anxious or worried.

You are still a zero, and be proud of it! Glad you are doing well.

David in SC
Age: 59, 56 dx, PSA: 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, original catheters 63 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/10 .04, 8/10 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8, 12/11 14.0, 4/12 37.0
Other: Spent total of 1 ½ years on 21 catheters, had Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10
Member of Prostate Cancer & Chronic Pain HW Communities

BillSD
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 142
   Posted 7/13/2012 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Steve

David - AMEN! Coming from you, that means a lot! When I consider all you have been through, it is a reminder that most of us have little to complain about. You are an inspiration to us all. We love you. Onward!
Age 64 (59 @ Dx) PSA 4.4
Biopsy 5/15/08 Gleason (3+3=6)
Bone scan and pelvic CT: clear
HT - 2 mo Casodex, 3 mo Trelstar
RRP Surgery 9/15/08
Pathology Gleason 3+4=7, Stage pT2c pN0 MX
SV, perineural margin, 18 lymph nodes, bladder neck: all carcinoma free
PNI & Distal Margin: Carcinoma present
IMRT (35 Treatments) End 1/27/09
PSA (10/08) (3/09) (7/09) (1/10) (6/10) (12/10) (6/11) all <0.1

InTheShop
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Date Joined Jan 2012
Total Posts : 3134
   Posted 7/13/2012 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd count it as a zero and celebrate.
I'll be in the shop.
Age 52
PSA 4.2 10/11, 1.9 6/12
GS 3+4
Stage T1C
2 out of 14 cores positive
Treatment IGRT - 2/2012
My PC blog

Tigerfan53
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Date Joined Jan 2011
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 7/13/2012 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill -- Congratulations  smilewinkgrin   CELEBRATE   yeah  
I'm sure that was a scare shocked before you found out they had switched labs.
Glad they confirmed you are still a Zero Club member in good standing.
May you have a lifetime membership.
-
Diagnosed Dec 2010 at age 53
09/2010 PSA 4.8
11/2010 PSA 5.1
11/2010 PSA 5.3 after antibiotics
12/2010 Biopsy: 50% in 1 of 12 cores, PIN, G6, T1c
03/2011 PSA 5.6
06/2011 RALP negative margins, G6, pT2b, PNI
09/2011 PSA < 0.05
12/2011 PSA < 0.05
06/2012 PSA < 0.05

rob2
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 942
   Posted 7/14/2012 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news. I generally get PSA checked at urologist and gp. Last week the gp came back with a higher PSA for the first time. They said they recalibrated the machine. In any event, I am heading to urologist to confirm. Yes, ain't PSA anxiety great. Didn't someone post is as P.I.S.S. ( PSA Interval Stress Syndrome).
Age 48 at diagnosis (52 now)
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy March 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
Robotic Surgery May 9, 2008 - Houston, TX (Methodist Hospital)
Pathology report -gleason 8, clear margins
PSA since surgery <.04
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue

NolaVette
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Date Joined Oct 2011
Total Posts : 124
   Posted 7/15/2012 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
A couple of weeks ago I was sweating out my 9 month after surgery PSA results. They came back undetectable (<.01), but I was much more concerned about it this time than the previous 2 tests. Happy to hear that you're still doing well.
 
Steve
NolaVette
Age 55
Da Vinci prostatectomy Sept. 6, 2011
Nov. 7th, 2011-First Alprostadil injection-100% erection-1 hour- with pain
Nov. 10th, 2011-Second (and last) Alprostadil injection-100% erection-1 3/4 hour
Now on Bimix-working very well
Zero club member
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