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Date Joined Nov 2010
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   Posted 3/9/2011 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my 3rd PSA test today since having IMRT and seed implants last year. It's continuing to go down. It is now 2.42 as of today. I asked the nurse who was taking my blood sample what type of machine is used to analyze the samples. She didn't know. She said she only drew the blood and didn't know what happens to it after that. I'm unsure who I would ask at this point or if it matters. All of my follow up PSA tests have been done at the same place, Copley Hospital in Aurora, IL so I presume they are all done the same.
age 57 2/2010
PSA Feb 8.2
biopsy 2/2010 - 2 of 8 left & 2 of 8 right positive, Gleason 3+4=7
attended support group - advised to get a second opinion
second opinion on pathology from Johns Hopkins 4+4=8
PSA 15 4/2010
5 weeks IMRT 4/2010-6/2010 at Copley Hospital in Aurora, IL
91 palladium 103 seeds 7/2010 at Chicago Prostate Center, Westmont, IL
PSA Oct 3.97, Dec 2.78, 3/9/11 2.42

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 123
   Posted 3/9/2011 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey fulltlt,

Down is a good thing....... I remember reading once that some study showed the longer it took to get to nadir (the lowest point you'll reach), the better. Don't know if that is true or not, but I know it can take more than a year for sure. As far as what machine they use to test the blood samples, it never occurred to me to ask! I've always had mine done at the same lab, but I'm not sure if that is really important or not.

IMRT 1/07 - Doing well.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 3/9/2011 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, downward is a great thing, hope it keeps going in that direction.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 2/11 1.24
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10,
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