<Your signature doesn't state your PSA history...you mention a PSA of 5.0 leading to a biopsy. Was your PSA tested before and was it trending upward?>
That is another story -- I am unaware of any previous PSA tests during blood tests !
I trusted my doctor and never questioned his comments "All's Fine !"
After my doctor retired, I discovered that he only asked for PSA test in regular 'blood tests', when patients displayed symptoms of concern.. No symptom=No PSA = Neanderthal Doctor
It was only the change to a younger doctor, that resulted in a complete blood test and a reading of 5 and a thought that it should be investigated 'just in case'.
So I went from totally unknowing, to a PSA reading of 5 in Nov2009, to a Dx of a T1C, to a radical removal in June2010..
<Prostate cancer takes about 10 years to grow from a cell to a visible tumor.>
I guess that I was hoping for a comment that might suggest that cancer COULD develop to a serious state in (say) 9 Months... Needless to say, I am fully clear now and we pray that I and all here on HW, can remain that way..!
<Bui, as Steve mentioned, it is very common for the Gleason score and stage to be upgraded after surgery>
Yes - I have noted that it is more common than not... I am not concerned on that point and thanks..
Thanks to all, for your comments.. I suppose that we ALL ask the question "Buy-Why" ?
If we can put a finger on a possible reason, then we can warn others of possible risks...
If anyone knows of a range of (PC) cancer growth-rates - it would be still interesting..
We all know of those poor souls who have gone from being apparently-healthy to fully dead within six months.
We know that most men will die 'with' PC , but not from it, and then we hear of the 35yo who is dead within 6mths of feeling a twinge.. So, it is clearly evident that PC does not necassarily develop over tens of years.
I suppose that if one could answer my question, then chances are that a wealthy life, would lay ahead for that person!
It is just so interesting that my 62yo brother had a PSA-test within months of my Dx, and having had regular PSA's, observed a sudden jump to 5.
With the doctor knowing that kid-brother had been Dx'ed and RRP'ed only weeks previous, he too was TRUS-Bx'ed, and DX'ed with PC and is now, just out of hospital after his RRP.
Sydney's Dr. Paul Cozzi is one of the best !...
Post Edited (BuiDoi) : 10/5/2010 2:49:45 PM (GMT-6)