A footnote on the Quest Diagnostics role in this.
I too had been receiving <0.1 reports (all testing done at QD) for the past three years since having IMRT, until this past Oct. 26 when it came back as 0.1 (no less than sign). I even started a thread about
this topic on that same day:www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=3522633
and got some good responses from you all on the question of the missing "less than" sign.
In that thread I also noted that I intended to contact QD using the question submission page on their website, and put the question directly to them as to what it means, if anything, when the patient suddenly loses the less than sign. I did indeed submit that question to them on that same day, using their question submission function.
So far now, 18 days, I have heard nothing back from QD, and at this point I don't expect to. Whether it's their company policy not to answer questions such as this one, for whatever reason, or they are genuinely unaware of this phenomenon, or are unsure how to address it, etc., I don't know. I have toyed with the idea of trying to call them by phone in further search of a response to this question, but am reluctant to, for fear that I will likely get mired in a telephone robot response system that would just pass me from robot voice to robot voice. I just don't feel up to that right now.
So, woodstock97, if it happened that you did want to pursue this question with QD, and Pratoman has generously offered to assist you with this using his insider contact at QD, then that would likely be the best way for you to go, if you want to try that.
BTW, I saw my uro a few days after getting the 0.1, for the very purpose of discussing this, my annual PSA result. After I told him about
losing the less than sign, he was unconcerned, and said that he "sees this all the time" with his PCa patients, and that as long as the person is "in the right range" then it's not a cause for concern. That's interesting.
I believe that some of us have reported their own doctors reporting to this effect, but the fact that I have not seen any outcry in the literature about
this matter on the part of the doctors leads me to believe it's not an issue for them.
Or it may be that this "loss of less than sign" thing is going to get curiouser and curiouser before we finally get some kind of resolution to it.
Chronic prostatitis (age 60 on)
BPH w/ urinary obstruction, 6/2011
Ongoing high PSA, 7/2011-12/2011
Biopsy, 12/2011: positive 3/12 (90%, 70%, 5%)
Gleason 6(3+3), T1c
No mets, PCa likely still organ contained
IMRT w/ HT (Lupron), 4/2012-6/2012
PSAs (since post-IMRT): 0.1 or lower