Regarding, PSA. My take on it is that it is a fairly good indicator of trouble when you have a prostate, it is an even better indicator of trouble after it is gone. It is still not the end all be all for diagnosis, but it is what we work with. Others here have explained it well, Thanks.
Best of luck to you all.
Age 53 @ DX
start age 45, 8 yrs tracking PSA at .4-1.5 / DRE suspicious-lumpy left side/Biopsy @ 2001-neg, 2005-neg then in 2007- PSA 2.5/ Biopsy-4left pos, 4 right-neg/Gleason 4+4=8 /
Davinci RP June 17, 2007@ Henry Ford, Detroit./ pT3bN1Mx/ seminal vesicles-yes; 1 of 4 Nodes=pos/Margins=clear/
Recovery very good, 10 days catheter, physically excellent. Sexual dept, showed good signs, injections for 2 mos. Cialis a couple more mos. Now 80%, no drugs and no complaints. I would trade this for 0's
11/08,To Oncologist, Wm Beaumomt Hosp, IMRT 36 trmts. starting PSA=.2, after 30 trtmts,1/09=.1