my psa test is 15

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   Posted 4/20/2012 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
my dr yesterday says i need a biopsy asap im uncertain, does this mean cancer? or could it be from something other?? i really dont want to do a biopsy , im a very heathy 50 yr old. any advice for me? thx
my psa is 15

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   Posted 4/20/2012 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, relax and do the biopsy. It's the only way to know for sure. I didn't want to do it either but if you do have PC you want to find out ASAP. I didn't find out until I had advanced PCa, and now my chance of beating it are much worse than they would be had I caught it early. Please, do yourself and those that care about you a favor. Go have the biopsy.

Let us know what you find out. Best of luck!!!


BTW...You won't know if it means cancer until you get the results from the biopsy.

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   Posted 4/21/2012 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Trucker,

I agree with must deal with this now. My husband has had treatment for PC, and he is doing well. There are many people here that can help you with your questions, and fears. Please listen to them.
Best Wishes,

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   Posted 4/25/2012 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi trucker,

Your psa result is very high. Mine was 15.26 when I first did the test. Immediately my doctor proposed biopsy and the result was cancer. I did the RP, RT, Ht. Now my psa remains stable at 0.002. I keep on solving the other problems. Hope the best for you.
Best regards
L. K.

Age 52 / Thesaloniki, Greece

10/5/10 age 50, Gleason 3+4
10/4/10 Started HB
12/5/10 open RP
30/5/10 Catheter got out (continued wearing diapers)
09/6/10 till 8/8/10 Starting RT
30/6/11 Stopped HB
01/7/11 Started taking Cialis 5 mg each day.
PSA 0.002 starting end of radiotherapy till nowadays

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   Posted 4/25/2012 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Like others already said....... get the biopsy and find out what's going on, your psa is high now find out why. My psa went from 3.6 to 6.5 in 3 years... Doc said we need a biopsy and I said let's make the appointment! Hope the best for you!
Diagnosed Sept. 2011 age 44
2008 psa 3.8 2011 psa 6.5
12 core biopsy 1 of 12 positive
Gleason at biopsy 4+4
Stage T1-c
Surgery (robotic) December 1,2011
Organ confined
Gleason lowered to 4+3

Worried Guy
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   Posted 4/25/2012 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Trucker,

There are other things that can raise the PSA: prostatitis (infection), sex, DRE (Digital Rectal Exam).
If those don't apply to you then you should get the biopsy now. It will never be easier.
My first PSA was 17.8. I was in perfect health and did not feel a thing. The doc started me on antibiotics just in case it was prostatitis. A few weeks later my PSA was 22+ and the biopsy was scheduled. Read my stats.

I hope the day before your PSA test was spent having a hot, wild time in bed with all kinds of kinky devices and rough partners. That would be the best reason to have an elevated PSA. Otherwise.... get the biopsy.
Age: 59, Mar 36 yrs, 56 dx, PSA: 4/09 17.8, 6/09 23.2
Biopsy: 6/09 7 of 12 Pos, 20-70%, Gleason 4+3 Bone, CT Neg
DaVinci RP: 7/09, U of Roch Med Ctr
Path Rpt: Glsn 3+4, pT3aNOMx, 56g, Tumor 2.5x1.8 cm both lobes and apex
EPE present, PNI extensive, Sem Ves, Vas def clear, Lymph 0/13
Incont: 200ml/day ED: Trimix
Post Surg PSA: 10/09 .04, 7/10 <0.01, 7/11 <0.01, 1/12 <0.02
AdV Sling 1/10/11 Dry

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   Posted 4/25/2012 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
You should get the biopsy. It could be an infection or something else but the PSA is high enough that signals something might be going on.

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   Posted 4/26/2012 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to our forum that no man wants to join, but this is a great place to get lots of information from guys like you who were where you are right now.
Yes by all means get the biopsy now. I had a PSA of only 5.25 last year and my biopsy showed I had cancer and it was a very aggressive type that would have become advanced in a couple of years if I had not know about it and let it go untreated. The Biopsy is not as big a deal as I thought it would be, specially after my URO gave me a shot of Valium before and I felt nothing during the procedure.
This will be the ONLY way you can determine what is going on in your prostate. A 15 PSA is not normal for some one your age. Plenty of us in this forum will help you walk through the Biopsy and what needs to happen going forward ii it turns out that you have cancer. PC can be cured if caught early enough.
Terry TWG
AGE 61 Dx with fam hist of PC
1.5 5/09
2.5 6/10
3.5 12/10 ref URO
5.25 2/11 DRE Neg
BX 4/13/11 2 of 12 cores diag both sides 15% & 20% GS7(3+4)
RALP nerve-sparing 6/8/11 path G7 pT2C, Marg-Lymph-Sem-Vas-PNI- organ confined 60% tumor involved 69grms 4.3X4X3 cm
100% dry 7/3/11
post PSA
8//11 <0.07
12/11 <0.04
3/12 <0.01
TRIMIX therapy for ED seeing improvement

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   Posted 4/26/2012 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Trucker,


Please note that I am not a medical professional, but I would consult with a urologist to urine culture test (3 tests), or blood test to eliminate the possibility of an infection, or benign prostatic hyperplasia -BPH). In parallel, I would repeat the PSA free and total and request a PCA3 test, before going to biopsy. If the test comes in leading towards a cancer diagnosis, I would go to have a biopsy, but if you do it, ask to be done right. In should be in excess of 12 cores, such that you know more about the spread of cancer, if it is found.

The truth about biopsy is that it can confirm cancer, but does not come free, and poses risks, major one being serious infections, as I found out from a coworker...

You can see my opinion about diagnosis by reading my post. There is another test - circulation tumor cells (CTC), which, unfortunately, is available only at two locations

I hope you end up not with a cancer diagnosis; either way, get yourself familiarized with the alternatives before rushing to decisions.

Post Edited (NewDiag) : 4/26/2012 10:14:57 AM (GMT-6)

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