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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 3/27/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Nick's Mom said...
I have what is probably a stupid question and would love some help.  My dad is 74 and had a PSA test done yesterday.  They told him his count was 153 and that 100 was considered normal.  From everything I look at, that's totally different from the usual numbers given in results.  He's been given a referral to a urologist, but I'd like to understand what's going on now while we wait for the consultation.  Can anybody explain this to me?  Thanks so much!

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   Posted 3/27/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   

tongue  Hi ~ Nick's Mom & Loved Ones…

 

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   Posted 3/27/2008 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome to the best site on the web for patient to patient interaction. Unfortunately you are here, but you are very welcome. in response to your question, there is no safe PSA level given various circumstances, and the doctor may have refererred to something else when he stated that 100 was safe. It is anything over 4 that is unsafe. And anything rising at any level is unsafe as well. (a 1.2 goes to 2.5 is unsafe). By unsafe I mean it needs to be inspected. Since he has such a high count, and if cancer is confirmed,  he likely is going to need a treatment such as hormone therapy. Keep in mind that they can definately have a good plan of attack for prostate cancer with that high a number. It might not be cancer, but I have never seen a PSA that high and it not be. But remember, the treatments can work quite well even at this high a number. Take your time to learn about the process and disease. Be patient, and while it's easier said, remain positive. We have a great group here and will be here when you learn more. Stay close and our prayers are for a safe outcome.

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Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, 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
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   Posted 3/27/2008 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
NIck's Mom:  Those numbers don't make sense.  I'd get those results given to me again to make sure that's what was reported by the lab.  We deal in numbers of 4.O PSA or less here, according to the old standards, which is changing now, with more info and earlier age men being tested and confirmed with cancer.  Numbers over 100 are so far out of range that I can't imagine anyone saying saying less than 100 was normal.  I hope and pray that these numbers were mis-heard or mis-understood.  Maybe the urologist can straighten it out once he makes the visit.  Until then, Id ask for a restate of those numbers and an explanation of just what they are talking about....

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4/19/07   PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07   Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07   Path report:  3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6. 
9/24/07   (Open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed 
9/26/07   Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07  ED- begin 50mg Viagra and Vacurect pump nightly, Fully continent
01/14/08  Caverject started/stopped, aching.   .5ml Bimix started-success
 3/24/08   ED- 6 mts.-Viagra, pump, Bimix continues- no response
              Post-surgery PSA's:Nov-0, Mar-0

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