Posted 10/17/2008 4:49 AM (GMT -7)
Just got back results from the latest PSA test. This is the second time that I have used this lab and the results are the same as last time, "0.1".
When I was first tested after surgery, the lab results were reported as "<0.1" which is what I had hoped for and expected. Then at the 6 month test I used another lab that was closer to home. The results came back as "0.1". This caused some questioning on my part as well as the nurse and doctor's part. This last test @ 9 months I figured that I should stick with one lab to make sure that the test was being run with the samee standards as before. The results came bask as "0.1" again.
Here's the part that bothers me based on everything that I have read from fellow members of this forum and test results from around the country and the world.
Printed on the test results was this paragraph;
"According to the American Urological Association, PSA should be undetectable after radical prostatectomy. A PSA of less than 0.5 ng/mL (or undetectable) is not likely to be associated withe disease recurrence within five years of treatment. Values obtained with different assay methods or kits cannot be used interchangeably. Results cannot be interpreted as absolute evidence of the presence or absence of malignant disease."
Under 0.5 is undetectable? What gives here? Has anyone else ever seen this on their lab test report? I wish labs would use the same test so that you could be more assured of state of your body.
Age- 59 @ Diagnosis
Diagnosed July 2007
PSA-4.0 (Free psa 11%)
Biopsy August 2007 - 2 of 4 on Right Side with 20%, Stage T1c
Cat Scan & Bone Scan both Clean
DaVinci Surgery Nov. 26th RWJUH Cancer Center, New brunswick, NJ
11/27/07 Home & on the road to recovery
12/4/2007 Catheter Out!
Pathology Report: Gleason 3+3=6
Organ contained Negative Margins
1/1/08 Back to Officiating Wrestling
2/27/08 1st Post Op PSA...<0.1 Undetectable
Still using a pad everyday for minor leaks (using Detrol for bladder spasms)
4/1/08 Trying Levitra every other day very little response :(
5/6/08 Stopped the Detrol....Didn't help anyway.
Response to stimulation getting better for Mr. Happy
9/22/08 PSA...0.1 Still minor leakage ED getting better