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As David mentioned, there is a strong link between some prostate infections and PSA, so the first thought is to not panic.
If you have found Walsh's Surviving Prostate Cancer, he says that PSA is an indicator that something is wrong, but also makes the points:
- you can have a high PSA and not have PCa
- you can have a very low PSA and have PCa
So, the biopsy becomes important. On the other hand, a large number of biopsies (don't have statistics, but some recent articles bantered numbers in terms of well more than half) come back negative.
So the rug is still there for today.
My biopsy did pull the rug - a 7.4 PSA, and a biopsy that was more cursory than urgent returned multiple core G 4+4 results. And yes, a lot of us only go to the doctor when something is falling off. I fall into that group as well.
I was certainly thrown into a storm of tests, appointments, and serious job complications, so didn't have time for thinking about it except in the middle of the night. I don't think I slept more than 3 hours at a time from the day of the biopsy report until they put me under for surgery. Today, I look back and wish I had found this site before my surgery - I was limited to the Walsh book that was given to me, and a few other much less specific sites. I went on to find several other books (see the lists of resources at the top of the forum), and came out the other side still convinced that I did what was best for stopping my cancer.
That is a point to remember - what is best for killing the cancer may not be what is best for the person carrying it. This is a time where quality of life, family, and the like become factors, not decision makers.
My best friends (I have no close family nearby) include those who are survivors of quite a list of ugly cancers, and they helped most by reminding me that they are still here, and we are still friends. Having someone who listens, but does not judge, is one of the biggest helps when / if the rug does go.