Jeff. I plan to start making some phone calls. Because I have heard and do believe that there is a "noise" factor, i'm not sure I would want to go through .002 to .003, but I ABSOLUTELY believe that 0.02 and 0.06, for example, could not be attributed to "noise", hence DOES matter. I assure you Jeff, my reasoning for trying to uinderstand the variables involved here were not measured by "do I want to know, or do I want to hide it under the rug"... My concern was that if the machine(s) vary and cannot consistantly calibrate to the .000, then I dont want to be held captive to the variance of .002 and .003.
Back to my original concenr, when MY uro, who is head of urology at this well know local institution, gives me a result of 0.1, and then I see others (I use this example: http://www.drcatalona.com/qa/faq_post-op.asp ) ALSO saying that "0.1" is considered by THEM EACH to be ZERO, yet THEN I see folks on here saying "wow, too bad you got a 0.1" - then something is wrong.
Trained urologists saying 0.1 is effectively zero, then untrained patients saying it's a bad grade. So, I welve to find out. I WILL ASK MORE QUESTIONS.. I WILL demand better answers. But it seems that - There is some inconsistancies in what trianed doctors are saying VS what some here are sayin, and ALSO between capabilities of the machines. I'm not ready to suggest there is some great consiracy here.
I MAY find out that the assistant I spoke with simply didn't know enough to gove me the correct reading, with the "<", or MAYBE, my result was 0.100 exact, or maybe the initial PSA is OK being at 0.1 due to "noise" and gets more detailed thereafter. I understand there could be natural psa found in the body even after the prostate is removed, so that needs to be accounted for. Some here (and elsewhere) suggest that it is the pace (velocity) of the increase that is most important, and mnot the inital post op psa number.
I dont know, but i'm planning to learn. 3 months ago I didn't know what a prostate was.. now I know more than I care too.. with more than I can image left to be learned.
MY PRAYERS WITH ALL OF YOU, AND HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO EACH OF YOU, AND/ OR YOUR FATHERS, AND SONS!
First ever PSA test Jan 2010 @ 51 years old. 4.0.
Digital exam in March 2010 showed 1 side hard, other soft.
Biopsy, positive in 3 of 12.
Davinci @ Boston Medical Center, May 17, 2010.
Was suggested prior to it was likely contained.
June 1 advised 3+-4 was really 4+3 per pathology. Pos margins.
Catheter removed June 1.. 1 pad/day, doing ok. ED, but not in rush.
Sore as heck down there, but doing much walking with my wife.
To meet with my Uri (1st meeting since) June 17 - 1 mo point, to discuss.
BMC already has me setup to meet with radiology.
Felling a little better each day. Cant tell if my expectancy just went from 10-15 down to 5-7, the information out there appears to be all over the place. I WILL NOT radiate my insides to the point of being a veg for the sake of a few years. QOL is primary to me. Selfish I guess. I pray for all of you as I do for myself, but must remember that i've had a pretty good 50+ years, and know others who have lost their children to disease.. so I dont have the nerve to complain!