Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing okay.
This may not be cancer related but then again it might be. I hope someone might be able to give me a little insight. We went to Rick's back surgeon today and he x-rayed where he did the fusion last year. Rick told him the pain in his back has gotten alot worse. When the Dr. came back with the x-ray he said the fusion was either coming apart or it never fused and this could be due to spinal mets. The doctor has ordered a complete body scan for 4-2-08. He said if Rick has mets in the spine there is nothing he can do, but if he does not have mets in the spine we can look at doing another fusion. Here are my questions: Could he have mets that did not show up on the last scan? Would spinal mets prevent the spine from fusing? How could it be possible to have spinal mets when his PSA is 0.3? We are having the full body scan done at the same lab we used last year so we can get a good comparision. How high does the PSA have to be for mets to be present?
If anyone can offer any advice we should ask the Dr. Our next appointment is on 4-9-08 We could sure use any advice you can offer.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Rick & Diana
Age 68/ 67@ Dx
6-30-06 PSA 2.54
1-22-07 PSA 4.98
1-26-07 PSA 5.09
Diag: 2-14-07 Gleason 8 Stage T1c PSA 5.09
Bone Scan 3-1-07 Clear
3-6-07 Triple Spinal Fusion (due to old back injury)
Radical retropubic surgery 4-2-07 Post surgery Gleason 9 Stage T3a Positive margins
4-29-07 PSA 0.02
6-9-07 PSA 0.02
7-6-07 PSA 0.03
8-1-07 CT Scan & Chest X-Ray Clean
9-26-2007 PSA 0.07
11/1/07 PSA 0.1
11/30/07 PSA 0.12
01/31/2008 PSA 0.3
03/01/2008 PSA 0.3