Posted 8/21/2015 2:23 PM (GMT -6)
That's a really good question to ask, Phyllis...a really good question.
I'll share with you a couple of background points which may or may not weigh into your decision, but are good to know nonetheless...
First, know that the doctor ordered bone and CT scans even though the standard for these test is a significantly more aggressive case...for an asymptomatic case (no symptoms), the lower threshold for the tests is a PSA value of 20 ng/mL and a Gleason score of 8. These are the minimum recommendations; your case is far below that. Most doctors would not have even ordered the bone scan and CT because the risk of mets was minuscule.
Second, you haven't shared here what the set of circumstances was that led to biopsy, but know that the professional medical societies recommend stopping PSA testing for men who have not yet been diagnosed with prostate cancer once they reach the age of 75.
Third, know that autopsy studies of men who died in accidents have shown that the percent of men who had PC was roughly equal to their age. So, 80% of 80-year olds have at least a measurable amount of PC, and most of them don't know they have it and they never will know it, and it won't bother them. In many cases, they simply have not run across the set of circumstances which led to a biopsy.