To follow up and clarify on a few things:
Benign tissue? -- no, never had a doc say that to me, just my uneducated opinion that no surgery is perfect, and since the apex has very little surrounding tissue anyway, a surgical margin (positive or not) may have gone unnoticed somewhere.
Positive margin tissue? -- well, by definition, that's tissue that could be pumping out uPSA, unless it dies off sometime after surgery/pathology were done, right? But many guys under active surveillance (AS) with G6 tissue on biopsy just live with it their whole lives and have neither surgery nor radiation. My feeling is that if my 3 mm positive margin, that Epstein determined was G6, wants to just sit there and pump out a little PSA and do no other harm until I die of something else, so be it. The key to this approach is to get uPSA tested regularly, under similar blood draw circumstances (hydration, time of day, avoiding things that might interfere), and watch for a rising trend that seems to be getting high enough to worry about
. If it never gets that high, then ok, so be it -- I've got other things to worry about
. Age 69, not gonna live forever anyway. At least, that's my view.
btw, this LabCorp doc discusses some things that can affect the test (see "Limitations" and "Special Instructions"):https://www.labcorp.com/test-menu/33776/prostate-specific-antigen-psa-ultrasensitive#
On your kidney function, just wanted to mention my wife recently got a worrisome GFR kidney test, then retested and it was close to normal. She has a little incontinence, so often lets herself get a little dehydrated to avoid bathroom duty so often. Maybe hydration caused her conflicting test results? A family friend (doctor) told her hydration to get clear or slightly yellow urine is good, esp. as we age. Have you seen these young guys at the gym toting around two liter/gallon bottles of water? Pretty funny to me, but I guess it's for a reason.
***Wanted to ask a locksmith. I have a garage service door with normal doorknob/spring latch and, six inches above that, a separate deadlock bolt lock. Only go out that door, never in. The deadlock is fine. The knob/spring started falling apart and I even had to hacksaw off the latch as it was jamming so bad could not even get door
open. Both locks are keyed but we have lost the keys over time. We want to have a locksmith come by and replace the knob/spring lock. Can he fix that key to match the rest of house keys (they all match)? Can he also rekey the deadbolt lock same way? It would be nice if all our locks were keyed same. Thanks in advance.