Posted 11/20/2010 7:00 PM (GMT -7)
Thanks Kev, I saw that too..
Okay Rig, welcome to HealingWell..Maybe your stay here will be temporary, we all hope so. I would be a little worried about the PSA jump, it's actually 4.2 something like that..How was your DRE? Some U-docs are much better at feeling things than others..I'm SURE you are not looking forward to another biopsy, but, sadly, that's still the only way to be sure..There are some advanced diagnostic techniques, Color Doppler Ultrasound is one, that sometimes can spot cancer better than the standard ultrasound equipment..You might have to travel to find a doctor who uses it..
If you are really hesitant about the biopsy you could start having a PSA test every month for the next three months and watch the trend line (called PSA velocity). When taking drugs like Avodart, PSA tends to creep down in healthy men or hold steady. If yours continues to rise, that's an alarm bell...
There are several other reasons PSA can jump..Infection, having sex before the test, bicycle riding, horseback riding all can irritate the prostate and cause the PSA number to jump..The DRE should always be done AFTER they draw blood for the test..
Since you are here looking for information, you might want to read one or more of the books listed in the first 3 or 4 threads..Dr. Walsh's "Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer" is my favorite..But this might not be the best thing to do until you are actually diagnosed..If you are prone to anxiety attacks, forget the book...Again, welcome and Good Luck!
PSA at age 55: 3.5, DRE normal. Advice, "Keep an eye on it".
age 58: 4.5
" 61: 5.2
" 64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
" 65: 8.5, " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
" 66 9.0 "normal", 2ed biopsy, negative, BPH, Proscar
" 67 4.5 DRE "normal"
" 68 7.0 third biopsy positive, 4 out of 12, G-6,7, 9
RRP Sept 3 2010, pos margin, one pos vesicle nodes neg. Post Op PSA 0.9 SRT, HT, Dec