I agree too. When the uro sent me to RT he said no point in a PSA test until 3 months after RT finished. My RT docs and nurses also said several times, "don't go having a PSA test till at least 3 months".
My RT finished in June, but as it happened July was going to be 1 year after surgery, so before they decided I had to have RT they had already given me an appointment for a PSA test for July. There was no point in having that July test so I simply asked them to cancel it and reschedule it for September. (Even the receptionist who rebooked it knew there was no point in having a PSA test so soon after RT)
And as for the phenomenon of "PSA bump", well that is what might happen at the 3 month test, so that it is very likely that it will be the 6 month test that shows more about
what the RT has done.
I know you will be feeling anxious, but have the vacation anyway. (Carpe Diem: I have a message permanently visible in the corner of my screen that says: "If I have less time then I must do more of everything I enjoy" so it's really Carpe Dies!)
Age at Dx 48 No Family history of Prostate Cancer
Married 25 years, and I cannot thank my wife enough for her support.
April 2009: PSA 8.6 DRE: negative. Tumour in 2 out of 12 cores. Gleason 3+3.
RALP (nerve-sparing) at AVL-NKI Hospital Amsterdam on 29th July 2009. Stay 1 night.
Partial erections on while catheter still in. Catheter out on 6th Aug 2009.
Dry at night after catheter came out
Post-op Gleason 3+4. Tumour mainly in left near neck of bladder.
Left Seminal Vesicle invaded, (=T3b!)
no perineraul invasion, no vascular invasion. clear margins,
Erection 100% on 15th Aug 2009, but lots of leaking of urine
Stopped wearing pads on 21st Sept 2009
Pre-op style intercourse on 24th Oct 2009 !! No use of tablets, jabs, VED etc. but...
Nov 17th 2009 PSA = 0.1
Can still get erections okay, and almost no leaking of urine, but since December 2009 I don't have orgasms, instead I just have intense pain in place where prostate used to be.
Mar 17th 2010 PSA = 0.4!!! referred to radiation therapist
April 13th 2010 CT scan.
April 28th 2010 Started Radiation Therapy (66Gy - 33 sessions)
June 11th 2010 finished RT - main side effect tiredness, but also the occasional small leak
June 27th My 50th Birthday - feeling better but still not 100% okay
Post Edited (English Alf) : 7/18/2010 2:40:53 AM (GMT-6)