You know that for the past three years that you PSA readings have been on the rise every time you take one. Per your post, the Dr’s are recommending that you take action and get a biopsy. This would already then be assumed that the Dr’s have tested you for an infection that could be causing the rise in PSA.
I know that there are some the recommend “watching and waiting” to see what will happen. The newer term is “active surveillance” versus “watching, or ignoring the signs, and just waiting for it goes away”. Why haven’t you taken your Dr’s advice and get the biopsy? This doesn’t make much sense to me. I am not at all sure what you are afraid of to do this procedure. It only takes a few minutes, it is usually done on an outpatient basis, and there are rarely any prolonged issues related to this procedure.
I had my first biopsy after three years of rising PSA, and that last reading was 3.8 versus your 6.0. That was positive for cancer. Granted, it was only a low grade of cancer. I took the aggressive approach and removed the cancer. Unfortunately, after surgery, it was determined that I had more cancer that had not been uncovered in the biopsy, which would not have been known before having the surgery. They found that there was cancer on the lower left apex which involved that nerve. My surgery was successful, and all margins were negative. A little over three years post-surgery, it has been determined that there are a few residual cells that have caused my PSA to go up from .00 to .13. Therefore, I am again going to take the more aggressive approach and take radiation therapy to kill those remaining residual cells before they have a chance to grow and metastasize and spread to other parts of my body.
The best prognosis for a long life “cancer free” is to catch it as early as possible and get rid of it.
I wish you well, regardless which choice of treatment that you take.
It just pains me to see so many men wait, wait, wait, then find out that the waited too long. I see post after post of men that had early signs of a problem, they chose to ignore those early signs out of fear for what the outcome may be, than they end up having real issues.
Diagnosis Results – Oct 31, 2007;
•Age – 53 (turned 54 in Nov 2007)
•PSA is 3.83
•Gleason's Grade - 3+3=6, T1C
Surgery Dec 11, 2007;
•Cancer confirmed on Right mid and Left apex
•Both nerve bundles spared, some damage to the Left bundle.
•30 day PSA, .01
•90 day PSA, .00
•Latest PSA, .12
•ED treatments: Levitra, Cialis, Trimix, Erect Aid pump, Penile Implant on 3/12/2009