Question about PSA score

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Solid8
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   Posted 6/12/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I'm 25 and was wondering if a 0.3 ng/mL result is considered good for a young man like me? What is the average for someone my age?

Thank you

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 6/12/2008 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Solid8,
I would not know if a 0.3 is considered good. But proportionately it sounds normal. I am having an online dialog with a Dr. who shows us that a 35 year old guy with a 1.6 ng/ml is borderline given family history with PCa. Do you have family history? If so. I would no worry yet at your age about these things. But you should every 5 years check again I would think. Not conventional thinking, however. Just if you were my little brother and given my situation, I would say that to you without thinking I was being overly cautious.

Tony
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
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
Current PSA (May 9 '08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
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Solid8
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   Posted 6/12/2008 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
No family history. But after I ejaculate, there is a burning pain when I pee and I can feel a little bit of pain around my prostate area.

DanmanBob
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   Posted 6/12/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Might be a urinary tract infection.

Danman Bob, Born 1951
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14; Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Post-op pathology stated that cancer was confined to the prostate
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of late April 2008)
100 MG Viagra 3 times a week beginning December 2007
Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy beginning mid-February 2008
30 MG papaverine/1 MG phentolamine bimix injections beginning late April 2008
Five week post-op PSA 0.2, five month post-op PSA 0.1, next test August 2008


Tim G
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   Posted 6/12/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   

Solid8--I'm curious as to why your doctor did  a PSA test at your age?   Was it because of the symptoms you had--maybe prostatitis? Do you have a family history of prostate cancer (dad/brother) ?

I don't know that many statistics exist for men your age, but I'd guess that 0.3 ng/mL is low and normal.



Solid8
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   Posted 6/12/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I had blood in my semen and burning pain after I ejaculate. Maybe it is prostatitis, but I had it for over 2 months now, can prostatitis last for this long?... No history of prostate cancer in my family.

I had my urine checked and it was all negative, can I still have UT infection?

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 6/12/2008 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Solid8,
You can. Unfortunately, these things can last a bit longer if it doesn't respond to the antibiotics well. Sometimes changing the antibiotics will work better.  Also, if this is an injury of some sort, you just have to weather the healing.

But ease your mind. It is VERY uncommon for prostate cancer at your age. Certainly not impossible, but unlikely. Other illnesses are more prevelant for those in your age group up to and including prostititis, bladder injfection, testicular disease. Here's a couple questions for your doctor:

1> What is the plan of action if this does not clear up soon?
2> What timelines can we set up to expect to see improvement ?
3> Since this is causing me concern, are there any proactive steps we can take to illiminate other diseases?
4> How often have you seen a person my age for this type of problem?

The last question is perhaps for your own consideration. Be careful not to offend the doctor. If the doctor has not seen many your age, perhaps you might consider a second opinion from someone who has more experience with your age group.

Write down your thoughts. When you go back to the doctor, and you have your thoughts organized you will get more out of your visit with him. This is an experience I did not learn until I had found my cancer. I'm glad to extend that experience to you. You are a smart guy for asking around and taking this under your control. One thing I Hope from the bottom of my heart. It's that you never join this forum as a confirmed member of our brotherhood. But you are a welcome member while you search for your healing. We're going to see more younger internet savvy guys in the future looking to the internet for remedy. Remember to take advise like this lightly. Your doctors are still your best resources.


Tony


Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
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
Current PSA (May 9 '08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
Visit my Journey at:
And at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator


IdahoSurvivor
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Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 6/12/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Solid8 and welcome!

I agree with Tony that the likelihood of cancer is low.

0.3 is actually pretty low for a PSA and expected for your age.

I like Tony's advice and you may wish to get a second opinion as well.

Best regards,


Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho") - Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator

 

Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  09/11/2007  <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

3rd PSA  03/17/2008  <0.04

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com

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