I was and am pretty much in your exact situation, my first two post surgery PSA tests were <.1 and based on the post surgery pathology report looking good but they warned me of the one area where it was in the margin but nowhere else. Well this past November it came back at .2 and just like you had to wait until the end of January for another test. This one came back at .3 and while it was becoming apparent I would need follow-up treatment I again had to wait until the end of March and it now was .4. Since then I had three or four appointments at two different sites and this past Monday started radiation treatments and have 5 down and only 31 to go. I do know what you mean however not knowing if this will work this time, there is nothing for sure about
this and then what is the radiation doing to me on the inside. I may have some side effects but I hope they will be nothing to terrible and in deed the left over cells are in the prostate bed. He did tell me it could be 6 months or maybe up to a year for the PSA to totally go down to 0 again, if it doesn't that means it must have went somewhere else and then we will start some other treatments. Like Tony I too choose to be a Tigger and will get through this bump in the journey of life, there are many more folks in worse shape then I and that includes those with problems other then cancer.
As for my first week of radiation now complete there is not much to report, the people are nice, you meet some interesting people in the waiting room for thier scheduled daily treatments and you feel nothing. The only thing I may be seeing a little bit of right now is a return in the feeling that I need to go to the bathroom more often again and some buring when I urinate. This seems early for side effects according to what they told me but I will discuss it with my doctor on Monday.
Hang in there, stay positive and we will get through this together.
Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Surgery Pathology report 4+3=7 a couple agressive Grade 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
1st & 2nd Post PSA Blood Test .1 and less - Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 01-17-07 .3
March 27th PSA .4 Begin Salvage Radiation April, 14 2008
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.