Whoo, what a rollercoaster ride this psa anxiety is. You have you Gold Horse moments of gloom and doom and then sometimes a little sun peaks thru. Today was the first time I felt some psa sunshine in 12 months since the RRP last December 15. First 3 mo. was 0.04, then the next two were <0.1 ( used my local uro) and for my 12 month I wanted to know if it was better or worse than my start mumber which was ok but not what I hoped for. So, I got my GP to do the two decimal test, it was 0.01 what a relief!
So, now I am cured and cancer free, that is until my next psa in three months. I guess this is what it is like to have cancer, any kind of cancer. Looking back I was so uninformed about post op expectations that I thought 0.04 was great and anything under 1.0 would have made me happy. Also I thought for a brief while I was cured, then I found this board and then it hit me. A big thanks to you guys. ( just kidding). The way I feel about this new found knowledge reminds me of a book that I read about 40 years ago by Robert Pirsig, don't laugh, "Zen and the art...." which is an interesting look at what is quality, that is quality though the eyes of a mental patient. I am not going to try an explain that, but if you read the book you know how it relates to the knowledge we have gained though sharing our experiences. Now I really mean it, thanks to you guys ( and the women of the guys) on this site. I am the guy riding the old Honda in that book.
06-08 1st biopsy neg psa 4
10-09 psa 5.5 2nd biopsy 1/12 pos. 10%, G(4+3) age 65
12-15-09 RRP Tulane NOLA Dr Lee
Path, 1%, clr marg, no EPE, no SVI, nodes cl, G(4+3)
100% incontinent after 3 mo. PT
ED, pre-op severe, post op total
10/10 Dr Boone, Baylor recomended AUS
AUS and IPP scheduled 1/11/11
post op psa's 0.04,<0.1,<0.1,0.01@12 mo.