HOLDING STEADY AS I MOVE ON THROUGH YEAR 11
Robot surgery was 10/12/2006
2006 PSA after surgery .001
2015 June 0.17
2015 Dec 0.23
2016 June 0.26
2016 Dec 0.25
I was originally, and continue to be impressed that, not only does your PSA not increase very much or rapidly most years, but some years it even goes down a bit with no intervention. You have not quite managed to double from your 2012 level. As opposed to doubling, you have had an 8% increase in one year, an actually dropped about
3 or 4% in 6 months.
I imagine that no such precision exists in looking at the PSAs, that such minuscule total amounts and even more minuscule differences can be lost in the tolerance of the machine, the old + or - specs. Still, this seems impressive in a positive way, even though you have recurred/BCR-ed as far as I can tell, i.e. met the definition of BCR for a while now.
I don't know, does that actually mean anything reassuring or positive, that it has been so slow to climb and even occasionally goes down from the previous reading? Or not?
Also, what was your Gleason score on path report?
A year or so back I asked my doc(URO) what it means for a G9 if the PSA stays way below the 0.1 or 0.2 BCR standard for 2 or 3 or more years. (maybe I asked him at my 2 year check up, not sure). He said that- most likely - it meant that if any cancer was left behind, it was not aggressive. And I suppose it is the aggressive cancers we have to worry about
, right? I hope he is correct about
that, but only time will tell. Of course there are those studies about
reaching the .03 mark almost guaranteeing BCR, so there is that. And that has been the case with you, apparently. But BCR does not always assure METs or clinical recurrence, right? Is that right?
Anyway, congrats on a bit more time without a doubling, and even without an increase and even a slight drop! May it continue for a long, long time! A nice Christmas present! 11 years, whooHooo!