I concur with you all that there is some anxiety brought on by the PSA test. But, I have just had a follow up visit with my uro and my PSA was .36. (This is one year after the start of lupron therapy and nine months post IMRT.) Both my uro and oncologist are pleased with the current measurement and have told be not to get excited about the number. Apparently anything below a 1.00 and stable, emphasis on stable, is a good result. (I know that PSA after surgery should be at non detect levels but the stability of the reading should also be taken in to account.)
Best of luck to all.
Diagnosed 04/10/08 Age 58 at the time
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear and chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Lupron injection on May 15 and every four months for next two years
Started IMRT/IGRT on July 10, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled
First 25 to be full pelvic for a total dose of 45 Gray to lymph nodes.
Last 20 to prostate only. Total dose to prostate 81 Gray.
Completed IMRT/IGRT 09/11/08.
PSA 02/08 21.5 at diagnosis
PSA 07/08 .82 after 8 wks of hormones
PSA 10/08 .642 one month after completion of IMRT, 6 months hormone
PSA 03/09 .38 six months post radiation and nine months into hormones