I was researching the cost of PSA tests and stumbled across in-home kits. As some of you know, my husb. had minimal PC according to biopsy that then was upgraded seriously following daVinci and pathology report. We found there was cell migration into fatty tissue. Now, we're waiting for the first PSA test. Our surgeon originally suggested no further treatment - just watchful waiting and re-testing every six months.
So, I have ordered an in-home kit (from the big A-for best pricing). We'll have our first "official" PSA test done tomorrow to be sent to the surgeon for our follow-up visit. In the meantime, we'll perform the in-home test and send it off. This way, we can compare the test results on an even playing ground.
The point is, if these two reports are close, then we can do our own test every month, rather than waiting every six months - or paying for a urologist testing on a more regular basis. (Medicare supposedly covers only 2 tests per year.) Just a more aggressive "watchful wait" that maybe will give us a little advance warning if levels rise.
Of course, it still goes without saying, we're very much hoping that little "migration" is nothing to worry about in the immediate future.
Swim - you, in particular, may have some feedback on the accuracy of these DIY things. But, I'm also throwing this out there for those who might want to consider testing on a more regular basis for less cost (NOT, I might stress, as a replacement for a real doctor visit). I will, of course, be reporting on the accuracy for our particular situation.
As always, thanks, everyone, for being here.