I recently hooked up with an old friend from years back (now age 60) who told me that since 1996, when his first PSA test came back at 6, he has had seven biopsies – all negative. The last biopsy was a week ago (again negative) and he’s now walking around with a PSA of over 16. He’s never had a symptom. One thing he did say (upon my asking him) was that no doctor over the years has ever put him on a course of antibiotics for 10 days or so before administering a second PSA test to rule out infection as the cause of the rise. But could someone have prostatitis for 12 years?
I think I once read somewhere that there are glands/organs other than the prostate that can produce PSA in the blood? Could this be what’s happening to this guy?
Any thoughts? I’ve never heard of anything like this. The docs said they want to see him again in six months.
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
Surgery for bilateral inguinal hernia repair, 4/4/08