Not to trivia-lize your psa it can be 9000-10,000 level I heard of a case where it was around 9,000 psa level; Robert Young founder of www.phoenix5.org was diagnosed with psa (pegged the assay machine or such at over 3000) and only because he had bone pains was he diagnosed(mets) lived approx. 3 yrs. thereafter on various protocols, great guy he started the first PCa laymans dictionary, so we all could understand the doctor language and abbreviations his little booklet is in libraries and registered with National Govt. Library system. He offer his book to others on a donation basis, he was not looking for profit only to serve and give knowledge (amen to this pioneer warrior).
Robert was a great fighter and humanitarian for this book on his own doing, he is one of the first people I met on my journey almost 7 yrs year ago. I think his website is still on www.phoenix5.org
his wife is likely still with us today.
You could have prostatitis going on and/or combined with PCa to influence that number, that number does not reveal PCa or define any quantity thereof, the biopsies are used therein and gland size, gleasons scores after pathology is done..then you can have or may get an informed idea as to what you might be facing (doctor may sage you in many cases...my uro-doc either couldn't or didn't stage me(probably couldn't), and even then it lacks precision, for various reasons: pathology needs reviewed by experts i.e. it is an art and few are experts, secondly biopsies can miss regions easily (not to make us feel sweet right now, it is what it is) and other parameters that make this disease like from the Twlight Zone. Also, there are atleast 18 variants of prostate cancer, likely only the experts can decipher which one you are dealing with.
Anyway I (zufus) was diag. with psa of 46.7 (bpsa) first psa ever, I am here almost 7 yrs. later, and I had omnious stats found (12/12 pos. biop. 75-95% in everyone of them-might as well say the gland was full of it-just like what I think about PCa) gleason grades 7,8,9's found (I started with total urinary blockage and drove myself immediately to emergency room for whatever they could do- no clue)....YOU GOT HOPE!!! Sometimes it is darkest before dawn.
zufus-neutrondbob (don't panic, analyze then fight the beast)
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Post Edited (zufus) : 1/10/2009 4:34:02 AM (GMT-7)