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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 2/1/2008 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, This is Kitt.  How concerned should I be about my hubbies PSA 5.75?
He has an apointment with unrologist.  He also has Crohn's Disease.
What are the odds between  BPH and Cancer?  I thank each of you in advance for your help.  Anxious wife here. sad
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~

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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 357
   Posted 2/1/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hard to say - what's his age?

FWIW, my first PSA was in that ballpark.

I don't think anyone can tell you odds of BPH vs. cancer.

Prostate cancer diagnosed: May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score: pre-surgery 3+3=6; post-surgery 3+4=7
daVinci radical prostatectomy: July 25, 2006
size of tumor: approx 1.1 inches; negative margins from surgery

- number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery: 3 to 5
- number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery: 1 to 2
- number of pads/day at 6-18 months after surgery: 0 to 1

- 1st post-surgery PSA: 0 (Nov 2006); 2nd post-surgery PSA: 0 (Feb 2007)
- 3rd post-surgery PSA: 0 (May 2007); 4th post-surgery PSA: 0 (June 2007); 5th post-surgery PSA: 0

The search for timber: took Viagra/Cialis approx. every other day, ErecAid once a day, injections. Peyronie's diagnosed 7/5/07. Now on daily Cialis, L-arginine and pentoxyfylline. Peyronies has stabilized and significantly reversed.

- PGE1 batting average: .364 (4 for 11)
- Bimix batting average: .643 (9 for 14)
- Trimix batting average: .500 (1 for 2) Grand total 14 for 27 = .519

"Lost in the valley without my horses, no one can tell me what my remorse is..."

Cedar Chopper
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 432
   Posted 2/1/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Kitt!

While I still update my Personal Journey occasionally, your so kind post is still the last post on my thread!

I didn't catch your husband's age.
They will likely treat with antibiotics and if the PSA doesn't go down, then do a biopsy.
I wouldn't hazard a guess on percentages.
Another thing that might be helpful to consider is "PSA velocity", that is, how fast it rose to 5.75.  Then there is the Free PSA test that has become something of a standard.

I don't know if perhaps Crohn's might be giving a false reading.
I do know that you will keep after this and research each option as it presents itself.
Any chance opportunity to catch this cancer before possible metastization must not be treated lightly.

It is good to hear from you!


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 2/1/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt,
I live in Vegas but I don't even here you could find odds on something like that. It's not good to be above 4 but it can be less serious than cancer. Monitor it closely and hang in there. We have some awesome supporters here, as you should well know. My prayers are that you don't have to join us here.

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable.  It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 2/1/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   

As Cedar says, velocity can come into play. Mine went from 1.03 to 3.5 in 3 years. That was enough for a closer look. The urologist could not feel anything when they did a digital rectal exam. I had a biopsy done and 1 of 12 samples showed cancer. I was 52 at diagnosis. As we age our PSA's will tend to increase, which is why the questions about age. It is possible that a PSA of 5.75 is not a problem. I think the key is that he is going to see a urologist. I noticed your signature. At this point don't get anxious.

I am glad that I started getting PSA's in my late 40's. I think that is very important. Based on the age of some of the people I see on this board, I intend to advise my sons to start getting DRE's and PSA's in their early 40's.

We are all here for you and your husband, and will help however we can.

If possible, try to give us his age, and keep us informed as things progress.
52 years old
T1c 3+3=6
DaVinci July 16, 2007
largest cancer .2mm
Bladder Sling installed during prostate removal
nerve sparing with both nerve bundles intact
all cancer contained within prostate nothing near margins
PSA after 6 weeks <0.1 - undetectable
PSA after 4 month .07 - undetectable
11 weeks post-op - no more pads

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 218
   Posted 2/1/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Best plan is to go to your urologist feeling good you two are addressing the problem with a good doctor now. Listen to waht the doctor has to say and we just hope you don't need to come back.
12/06/07 DaVinci and open prostate surgery after difficulties in breathing stopped the davinci.
Walked a lot
90% control the day the catherter removed.
pad only for a sneeze before the week was out
No pads most of the second week.

Elite Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 2/1/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you each so much for your posts.  I understand what your telling me. 
He is 60 years old and he has the PSA done yearly, last January it was 3.4, this year 5.75.
Crohn's has been good since 1993, no flairs and no meds for Crohn's.  We have been very fortunate.
You have all been very kind and CCedar, nice to see you posting.
Gentle Hugs.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
*~* *~*
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~

Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2331
   Posted 2/1/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt-I'm sorry to read that your husband has Crohn's disease and wish him and you well on your treatment and management of that difficult condition.

about the PSA, I think it bears checking out as you are with the planned consultation with the urologist.

My own personal choice was to do a biopsy when my PSA quadrupled in one year from the year before. Even then the chances were 15% that it was cancer. As it turns out, it was prostate cancer. Incidentally, I was also found to have acute prostatitis. BPH and age can also make the PSA go up.

I am thankful that my prostate cancer was caught in the earliest stages, when it was the size of a pea and confined to the prostate. I've been cancer-free for a year and a half and hope to stay that way.

Take care and hang in there...Tim

Age 59 PSA 2.6 PSA velocity quadrupled in 1 yr 
1 of 12 biopsy cores positive (5%) Open surgery June 2006  Cancer confined to one small area of the prostate Gleason 5 Post-op PSA's non-detectable

Elite Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 2/1/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Tim, every response reassures me as your all here posting. :)

Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
*~* *~*
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 2/10/2008 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey ~ Kitt & Hubby,

Gosh! I’m sorry to see you having to post here…. You know how important it is to reach out and you know how powerful HealingWell is!  I’m glad you're staying close.  When do y’all see the urologist?  Please… let us know ~ okay!  Hopefully we can send you on your way soon... and if not ~ you know we will be here for you and your hubby.

Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers.

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina


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April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

3rd PSA 08-07-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

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