While waiting after a biopsy to decide which treatment to pursue, would a PSA test (after 3 months) give me any indication if the cancer is turning more aggressive (if it was climbing quickly) or just staying level (if the PSA was not climbing) and therefore give me an indication of how soon I needed to make a decision. Or is it the Gleason score that indicates the aggressiveness of the cancer? Or if the PSA is rapidly rising, can a Gleason 6 turn into a Gleason 7 or 8.
Age 61 Active. No other problems (except small hernia)
PSA 4.3 9/10
PSA 5.5 2/11
PSA 7.1 3/11
Template Biopsy 6 pos out of 40 3/25/11 GS 6 (3+3)
CT bone scan neg
6/18 areas positive - 2 in left base, 4 left apex. 6/40 cores pos. 33cc.
Met with Dr. Wehle @ Mayo 5/4/11
Appointment scheduled with RO Dr. Buskirk at Mayo 5/17/11