I am very specific about
what type of PSA I want done. The standard PSA is also known as dagnostic, and if the doctor checks PSA, that is the one I will get. It is accurate to .1.
I have always had two decimal precsionb, and that is what I am tracking. So the doctor has to mark Ultrasensitive. Actually, the doctor only makes a note for the exit person to order a PSA. I make sure she writes down ultrasensitive.
When I get to the hospital, I insure that the lab person knows there is a difference. They have to check another screen to get it. I have gotten the wrong sensitivity laevl, have called the lab supervisor and gotten an ultrasensitive run for no charge.
As far as cost, I really don't care. Not my problem.
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic 4/14/09 Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free 6 week PSA <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED. Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10, 9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01
15 month PSA <.01