Men I know currently on hormone treatment now have PSA readings under 1.
eg one now has a PSA of .9, another had his PSA reduce from 51 to .2 after 3 months. One has posted his story at the yananow site which has experiences from many men who have used various treatments. Look under mentors experiences.
Dr Myers gives examples and case studies of his patients who had PSA readings of 3488 and 3656. It's worthwhile reading his book, "Neating Prostate Cancer: Hormonal Therapy & Diet.
Here are the results of a study done in 1998 showing age-specific PSAs for patients who did not have signs of cancer. Thus the following would be considered "normal" ranges:
PSA values for each age group were:
1.7 +/- 1.1 ng/ml for 40–49 years
2.0 +/- 1.2 ng/ml for 50–59 years
2.9 +/- 1.7 ng/ml for 60–69 years
3.5 +/- 2.0 ng/ml for 70–79 years
You can find the report here: http://www.springerlink.com/content/b7p26t840570q0x5/
The above is not an exhaustive study, but very similar to other data I've seen reported in journals.
My nominal PSA was 1.2 until last April when it jumped to 4.3, thus my visit to the urologist to investigate.
'Hope this helps!
Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery dayPSA 4.3 Gleason 3+3=6 T2a Confined to Prostate
Blood test for first post-op PSA - Sept 11, 2007
My awareness web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com
Thank you all for your responses.
The chart is really helpful Idaho - it lets me know my husband's psa is around 8 times what it should be
Tony, thank you for the comprehensive break down of information. I feel so much more in control for knowing all of this. I (like a lot of people, I suspect!) need to know these things :)
When we left the consultation room after being told the cancer had spread far and wide, we felt as if there had been this big frenzy of activity, tests, appointments etc. Next came the result, a hormone injection and a 'See you in three months, close your door on the way out!'
It was really bewildering.
This is why this board is so great. We can't keep ringing up the consultant with the little (and not so little) questions but here we can ask away and get great advice and support
Thank you all