mrfred, getting a DRE just before a blood test can/will/may release an abnormal amount of PSA material into the blood stream, resulting in an inaccurate testing of the PSA level. Any blood test taken AFTER a DRE is suspect and indicates the need for another one, doen in a better situation, ie: no DRE, sex, biking, etc. I am surprised that you doctor would not know that, maybe he/she was rushed and didn't think. At your Urologist consult, mention to them that your blood was drawn just after a DRE. They need to take this into account. How about making a signature file with the pertinent details of your Journey so far. Control Panel/Edit Profile/Signature, fill in the space and save. Thanks.
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP 110gms.- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
24 mts: PSA's: .04 each test since surgery, ED Continues-Bimix .3ml PRN or Trimix .15ml PRN