A lot of good information shared here for you, Pratoman. It was just a few days ago in this thread when you wrote:
I don't like getting the 6 week test, I'm afraid it will show detectable PSA, I will flip out and have to wait another 6 weeks to find out if it's real. But I'm gonna do what Fr Tewari's office tells me to do.
The info here will no doubt be helpful to you and others reading this thread in the future, for these points:
1) The "science" behind the PSA decay demonstrates that the PSA from your prostate and prostate cancer which was removed (you had a relatively low level of PSA) will have diminished below detectable limits of ANY test well before 6-weeks...and now you understand why nearly every doctor waits 6-weeks for the first test.
2) You've got a basic understanding of the two tests, "standard" and "ultrasensitive." And you understand that IF your doctor prescribes the ultrasensitive test, you may, in fact, have a detectable result which has absolutely nothing to do with cancer. AND, if that's the case, you can expect some "PSA Anxiety," which sounds a little better than the "flip out" you described above.
BTW, I agree it's goofy to suggest that you would request one test or the other...this is left to your doctor; let him do his job. But know you understand the background of both.
Also agree that the test just becomes a part of life. After about a year, I started having it done with my annual physical exam and other blood work. My surgeon has simply asked that I email him the results to keep his records up to date...so I have one visit to Quest per year about a week before my physical. It's quite easy. In fact, all this talk about follow-up PSA tests reminds me that I have gotta look up the date for my next physical...I think it's coming up soon.