unfortunantly my urologist used the old magical 4 as the concern number, disreguarding the fact that my psa was going up 1 point per year for 3 years, while allowing the cancer to grow to the point that a nodule was felt and was told that it had already escaped prostate.
I tell everyone I can, to keep track of your numbers and don't rely on uro to tell you your numbers are within nornal limits, know what psa velocitiy is and track your numbers from year to year.
on a side note, I had my 15 mos psa report this past Good Friday and it it still <0.04, a number that no one thought going in would be possible post op, must less 15 mos post op, but with path, still have to get one every 3 mos. God has been blessed me more than I deserve!
diagnosed sept 06
biopsy report gleason 3+4=7, right lobe only
psa 4.7 (psa rose 1 point per year for 3 years, urologist said still under 4 and no concern. If I can find out about PSA velocity, why didn't he know!)
Told not to have surgery at Dana Farber as cancer had already penetrated prostate, in seminal vesicles, would have positive margins. Would only treat with radiation and HT
RP Emory Atlanta December 2006
Path-negative margins, negative lymph nodes
negative seminal vesicles, multifocal perineural invasion, both lobes involved
40% gland involved
Fully continent 2 weeks post catheter removal
1st psa April 2007-<0.04
6 Mos PSA <0.04
9 mos PSA still <0.04
12 mos PSA still <0.04
15 mos PSA <0.04 (3-21-2008)