Goody5: Uncles PSA 2 then 8

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goody5
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/31/2008 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
My Uncle's PSA was 2 for a long time. It then jumped to an 8.  I have learned from my new books that the cancer could have been there for the last 10 years!  Does this mean it was there when he had a 2 and it just decided to take off confused
Also, it says that older men usually have higher gleason scores because the cancer has been there a longer time.
 Another thing, we know he has cancer but according to Walsh's book that jump to 8 might not be a true reading. I guess we won't know because he did not have another PSA done before biopsy. 
Any comments always appreciated.  Waiting for results is really tough.

Cheryl

Father diagnosed 13 years ago @ age 63
Watchful waiting until PSA jumped from 6 to 10
Cancer found in 1 core
Gleason score 6
Seeds implanted
PSA has been low since (don't know exact numbers)
 
Uncle (mother's brother) age 68
PSA jump from 2 to 8 in 18 months (2/08)
DRE was normal (2/08)
Biopsy (3/08) Cancer found
Bone scan and CAT scan (3/08)
We do not have results of scans or Gleason score yet.
Waiting to see urologist

Post Edited By Moderator (bluebird) : 4/11/2008 8:24:52 PM (GMT-6)


DanmanBob
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 3/31/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   

Preliminary Gleason score should be available as part of the biopsy results.


Danman Bob
Age 57
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14
Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Despite high Gleason score, cancer was confined to the prostate
Possible post-surgery radiation therapy...decision likely in late April 2008, depending upon PSA at that time
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of March 2008)
Began using Viagra 3 times a week December 2007 to stimulate blood flow
Began using Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy mid-February 2008
Will probably begin using bimix injections in addition to Viagra and pump in May 2008


mv2179
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 4/9/2008 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cheryl,

PSAs are strange sometimes.. when my father had his first PSA it was 4800 and then 15 days later - before we had even started any treatment it was 2800. i think you should not get too stuck on the exact figure but use it as an indication of the extent. For eg although my fathers bone scan was clear because his PSA was so high we kept investigating and did an MRI which eventually found bone metastases undetected by the bone scan.

Am not sure this helps but wish you peace and strength.
Father diagnosed with Advanced Prostate Cancer
On: 17 Dec 07
Pre Treatment PSA: 2800
Current Treatment: Eligard+Caluran
3 month PSA: 0.05
 

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