I've heard about
these post-op DREs too and wondered why the docs would want to do them. I think Paul1959 may have the answer to this riddle -- some docs want to check for any weird growths, scar tissue, etc.
So far, I'm having my post-op follow-up through my family doctor via PSA tests every six months.
Coincidentally, the other day I asked my doc what she thought of DREs for post-op guys with undetecable PSA levels and she looked at me as if to say, "YOU'RE KIDDING, RIGHT?"
I said thanks, because after what we fellows go through in our diagnoses and treatments, the last thing we want is another probe of any kind stuck up our "gazoos."
We shared a laugh when I told her if I had as many things sticking out of me today as I had stuck into me a year ago, I'd look like a friggin' porcupine.
Best to y'all..
D.O.B - 8/9/52
PSA: First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1
Biopsy results 11/22/06. Both lobes involved. Six out of eight cores positive - from 100 percent to 90, to 60, to 50, two 20s and two zeros.
Gleason 3+3 = 6
Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007
Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear. Volume of tumor much less than biopsy suggested. 12 percent overall.
First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07
Second post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 9/11/07
Post Edited (PianoMan) : 1/25/2008 8:12:44 PM (GMT-7)