It is my understanding that "Ca" is a common abbreviation for cancer (medical-speak) and therefore with P + ca becomes Pca - so the "a" does not really stand for anything Christina, just part of the abbreviation for the word cancer. Breast ca etc is not normally "Bca" however, so I think the Pca, is really just our "forum speak" too. If you did not know the condition, it would be unlikely that the P would necessarily
stand for prostate cancer. Hubby and I use it mainly as this term is also on our medical reports so would be the accepted term, so this is how we understood the word breakdown. Sorry, but you did ask, and as always, sometimes I can't help myself but respond
. I guess there would be other words and letters referring to ca for specific cancer conditions, but probably only familiar to those who know the condition - like Pca is only really recognisable to those with Pca. It is however confusing. cheers to all
Creed_three (Lana & CJ)
Husband CJ aged 50 yrs (49 years at diagnosis and surgery)
PSA (2002) 2.1. PSA (2006) 3.5. 1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing, on 17th April 2007 (Sydney, Australia).
Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.
Fortunate to have three (3) "undetectable" PSAs since surgery 1 yr ago. June 2007: PSA 0.01; Oct 2007:PSA 0.02; April 2008:PSA 0.02.
Post Edited (creed_three) : 6/3/2008 2:42:14 AM (GMT-6)