Hi Lungman: I've had my third negative post-op PSA and like most guys, my anxiety creeps up on me during the days preceding and following the blood tests -- especially when we're waiting for the phone call from our doc. I got so sick of waiting for results from my primary care physician (up to six days one time) that I now refuse to have blood drawn at her office. I have her give me the request form for a blood test and take it to the local lab, where I can request my results and get them within a day or so. That's a good thing, because as we all know, the waiting game can be hell. Each time I've had a PSA test since my surgery in January '07, I've felt like I was in a game of Russsian Roulette.
On the brighter side, my brother in law is six years out of surgery and doesn't worry about
it anymore. But he remembers those first two to three years of bi-annual PSA tests. He sweated out every one of them. He doesn't worry anymore.
So, I guess, the more negative PSAs we get, the less anxious we will be.
Best to ya,
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
Third post-surgery PSA -- Undetactable, 2/15/08
Post Edited (PianoMan) : 3/20/2008 3:05:04 AM (GMT-6)