My PSA is up to 0.07 13 months after surgery and after a pair of <0.05s.
The usual guideline is that 0.2 is the point to take action, although some would also say 0.1. Radiation has side-effects that you want to avoid unless really necessary.
One isolated PSA rise may be just a lab blip. Even without a prostate, the body can still produce PSA. Who knows what might cause a natural blip there? Someone suggested recently that having sex before the PSA test can stir up any little bit of prostate remaining, so I will be an abstainer before my next test!
I will wait for a trend to develop, and I think a single isolated PSA blip by itself should not be a cause for alarm. Our levels of 0.07/0.08 are still below the limits that many doctors would regard as "detectable".
Age 63 at diagnosis, now 64.
No symptoms; PSA 5.7; Gleason 4+5=9; cancer in 4 of 12 cores.
Non-nerve sparing RRP on 7 March 2008.
Two nights in hospital; catheter out after 7 days.
Continent; no pads needed from the get-go.
Pathology showed organ confined and negative margins. Gleason downgraded to 4+4=8.
6-week : <0.05
13-month: 0.07 (start of a trend?)
After a learning curve, Bimix injections (0.2ml) are working well. VED also works but we find it inferior to Bimix.