Well Amos, I would SURE get a second opinion..A PSA of 8 is not that bad and very few PC victims have bone mets with that low a PSA number..What was your Gleason score when they did the biopsy? Sometimes a bone scan will show what looks like mets but the spots are just old bone injuries or arthritis..
You are getting a little old for surgery, but if the bone met thing proves to be incorrect, then radiation treatment could prove to be very helpful to you..Make them PROVE the cancer has spread to your bones before you accept HT as the only choice of treatment...In most cases (but not all) you need a PSA level of 50 or more before a bone scan can detect PC metastasis..
You said you had a prostate operation 6 years ago for BPH..Did they remove your entire prostate (radical prostectomy) or just a Roto-Rooter procedure? If you had an RP operation back then, and your PSA has climbed to 8 today, that's a different story...But salvage radiation is still a possibility...
PSA age 55: 3.5, DRE normal.
age 58: 4.5
64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
65: 8.5, " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
66 9.0 "normal", 2ed biopsy, negative, BPH, Proscar
67 4.5 DRE "normal"
68 7.0 3rd biopsy positive, 4 out of 12, G-6,7, 9
RALP Sept 3 2010, pos margin, one pos vesicle nodes neg. Post Op PSA 0.9 SRT, HT. 2-15-'11 PSA 0.0
Post Edited (Fairwind) : 4/1/2011 9:44:45 PM (GMT-6)