Thanks guys. I could have sworn that the encologist told me I should see low PSA after the first month but that might not tell us anything. But I can't remember for sure. I just don't see how this can mean anything other than that the radiation did not produce the desired results and it was all for nothing.
I'd really like to hear from anybody else who has gone through surgery then radiation later after a rise in PSA.
After surgery I went 3 years with <.01 PSA. At time of radiation it had only gone up to .13. I got a second opinion from an encologist before I decided to do radiation. At first he thought my encologist might be jumping the gun a bit in starting radiation, but after calling my doctor, he said he agreed that I should go ahead and do the radiation.
To tell the truth, I'm mad about this. I'm still paying for the 20% that my insurance didn't pay for the radiation and I'm not a rich man. I'm feeling like this whole experience has put me in some kind of a cancer treatment mill. I'm not sure who to even believe any more. If the radiation had accomplished something, great. Money well spent. But to find out now that it might not have accomplished anything, well, I'm beyond words right now.
Thanks for listening.
Prostate cancer diagnosed 6/19/07
DaVinci prostatectomy 8/20/07
Pre Op PSA: 11.63
Pre Op Gleason: 3 + 3 = 6
Post Op Gleason: 3 + 4 = 7
Post Op PSA: 3 years < or = .01
Recent PSA @ 3.25 years - .10 @3.5 years - .13
T3a, N0, Mx, Positive margins.
Follow up radiation----Jan to Mar 2011