Purg- did this doc already do these types of tests that might be of use, prior to jumping into a radiation X-ray method??? (Page 35 Dr. Strum's book): PAP, CGA, NSE, CEA, Pyrilinks-D (or other bone breakdown markers), chemistry panel evaluations of kidney, livver, bone and electrolyte status? Probably has done something amongest those. The big ones that could be used for possible mets is PAP (older test but not worthless) and Pryrilinks-D or similar type of testings (this usually is I think considered fairly definitive if you are shown with the positive risk analysis).
When you get the new X-rays, I know you had the old ones, so comparisions will be vital in seeing if any changes exist. As you know psa alone is a lousy marker of knowing the biology of PCa and what is actually going on, the wiser onco-docs know all that all to well and that is why they suggest all these other testings, that are simple lab tests to include in the whole concept of prognosis on the disease. Hopefully yours is arthiritis and such.
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