What you write, is sad but true. For every actions, there is always a motivation. What is the real motivation for trying to downplay PSA testing and its use here in the US? I think we all know the real answer.
As I have always said, its just a simple blood test. Not even expensive. It doesn't have to end up with overtreatments because of the results, that is a seperate issue in my mind. Better and widespread education of pre-PC dx men based on PSA tests could be the defining factor in the future.
There are plenty of low grade case, minimal presence of cancer, that could be monitored with AS or something similar. Downplaying the use or discouraging the use of PSA testing is foolish at best.
David in SC
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,