Well, got a call this AM, and they said that I would have to have my latest and first post SRT PSA test re-done. The lab somehow contaminated the blood I donated earlier? That doesn't make sense to me. But that is what they said.
So I had to go to the local hospital lab and have new blood drawn. The time and hassle I spent for one vial of blood was insane. Good thing I am at least a little bit informed, I asked the lab person how many decimal places their test went out to. She didn't know. She wait away and came back and said they it was one decimal place. I told her that wouldn't do me or my doctors any good, that it needed to be out to two decimal places, particularly post surgery or post RT. She acted like she never heard of that before.
Finally, I asked for her supervisor, he knew the difference between a regular PSA draw, like we got pre-dx or pre-treatment, and the kind that is post treatment. So they will send it off to a different place. Big delay, I may or may not get an answer by this Thursday.
Guess that is ok, my radiation doc's appt has been changed from today till next Monday.
I must add, this was done at a small town 100 bed hospital that I have used for years, you would think they would know better. BTW, my doctor's orders were clear about what needed to be done.
Thank goodness for my education here at HW University, lol.
David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA:
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 in place