Prior to the administartion of Zoladex (HT) to me, my baseline T level was 25 and my doc said that 19 to 66 is the normal range. I have read on this site something like 150 to 600 can be a normal range??? What's the inconsistency here with T level baseline results as I like to be able to compare apples to apples? I am from Canada as well. Based on the measurement units being the same Deidre, 11 would appear to be on the very low side of what is the normal range. But what do I know other than what I know about me.
As a matter of fact I don't even know yet what I don't know about Pc.
'units-of-measure' ? You might find nmol/l in stead of ng/dl. 1 nmol/l = 29 ng/dl. (testosterons molecular weight is 288.43 g/mol).
Normal range of testosteron is 250 to 800 ng/dl, but the so-called 'castrate level' is about
1.7 nmol/l or 50 ng/dl. I actually had just 9 ng/dl with 3 monthly Zoladex, well below castrate level, but, as your doc said, this might vary, maybe between 19 and 66 (make that 9 to 66, as far as I am concerned). I think the range mentioned is valid for the castrate level of testosteron using Zoladex or another LHRH agonist.
By the way, the worst Gleason scores ( 8 to 10) have been found with men who had relatively low testosteron levels before biopsy.
And now there exists a treatment called TRT (Testosteron Replacement Therapy), where they enlarge the testosteron level to over 1000 ng/dl and this stops the prostate cancer (in about
40% of the cases), and it does so over a long time, unlike the castrate level of testosteron, which always ends up in CRPC (castrate resistent PCa).
Post Edited (Arno) : 1/27/2011 1:26:38 PM (GMT-7)