(I guess it is called PCa). I am learning so much. I will probably? go through with the biopsy and go from there. The various points of view are what's nice about this forum. I know it is my choice, but at least I have a choice.
Thanks my friend.
With all of the acronyms being thrown about I just want to make sure you understand the distinction between PC, PCa, and PCA3. The first two are used interchangably as an abbreiviation for prostate cancer PCa most commonly. PCA3 is a urine test run immediately after a DRE and is very relevent to your case. PSA can be elevated for reasons other than prostate cancer and the serum level of PSA naturally fluctuates. This is why PSA rise is not conslusive for prostate cancer. PCA3 is basically a 'rule in' test. 1. This means the results are usually either non conclusive which means there where not enough cells present to complete the screen in which case you do another. 2. The test shows an adequate number of cells and is negative, which means with a high degree of certainty there is no cancer. 3. The test shows and adequate number of cells and is postive, which means with a high degree of certainty there is cancer.
Had I known about this screen a little over a year ago I would have had a comfort level that my cancer had been cured surgically before submitting myself to ADT and IMRT based on an assumption and PSA. I saw a total of 4 urologists, three from big gun reasearch hospitals before the most recent urologist made me aware of it. Please search PCA3 I think you will be suprised at what you learn.
Best wishes. Scott
Diagnosed @ 48yo 04/07
focal, low volume tumor gleason 6
Persistance of PSA
Emerg, cysto obstructed bladder 01/08
Persistance of PSA
08/08 learned Dr. left significant amount of prostate
12/08 saturation biopsy 36 cores 24 having normal prostate tissue
12/08 referred whole to med malprac attorney
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