I feel your pain. I recently been fighting with PSA statistics myself. However, in my case, I originally requested the "standard" PSA test and got the ultra-sensitive variety instead. Now I have to fret over possible fluctuations due to background noise. Before surgery while I was fighting a rising PSA, a nurse actually misquoted a PSA test number over the phone. Frankly, there is a lot of sloppiness around the reporting of PSA numbers. I have heard before about
doctor's offices that use the 3rd generation assay yet report a rounded up number, so I would not be too surprised. You mention a "<.001" result. Are there any assays that can detect to that low of a level? The lowest I have heard was "<.003" for the DPC assay but I could be wrong. You may want to question them about
that number as well. Regardless, you would be universally considered as having an "undetectable" PSA level.
Age:45 (44 when diagnosed)
Father diagnosed and cured at age 52.
08/21/07: Diagnosed with T1c cancer
1 of 12 biopsy cores positive; 10% tissue
Gleason score: 3+3=6
PSA level prior to biopsy: 4.3 (velocity < 0.4ng/ml)
10/19/07: da Vinci prostatectomy by Dr. Vipul Patel
Difficult surgery due to prostate inflammation.
Both nerve bundles spared.
Spongy erections began within 24hrs of surgery!
10/24/07: Catheter out; down to 1 Serenity pad/day next day.
Final pathology: neg margins, no capsular penetration,
Gleason 3+3=6, 5% tumor involvement, multi-focal.
11/04/07 First usable erection with Cialis
11/22/07 Thanksgiving - Bye-bye, pads
01/17/08 First post-surgery PSA result: < 0.008 ng/ml
03/17/08 Erection quality mostly back to pre-surgery levels with Cialis;
have not tried without meds yet.
04/23/08 Second post-surgery PSA result: < 0.008 ng/ml
07/30/08 Third PSA: 0.01 ng/ml