It appears to vary from doc to doc and by situation. My doc started checking me once a month after surgury....but I seem to be an exception to the typical course. Pro: Can't hurt to get an early baseline con: PSA anxiety can drive you nuts!
Three months out probably doesn't miss too much --- most docs won't start radiation within 3 months of RP IF you have an early failure --- plus you would want to get your continence fully under control before additional treatments.
A note to all: PSA recurrence is NOT the end of the world, nor is it a death sentence... you deal with it, get the best treatment you can, and get back to ENJOYING life!
Initial PSA march of 2006: 28
PSA May of 2006: 39
8 of 12 cores malignant
Open Radical Prostatectomy 6/9/2006
Pathological Stage T3a, Positive Surgical Margin
Post surgury PSA fluctuated between .04 and .09
PSA rose to .24 in November of 2006
6 month hormone therapy initiated December 1. 2006
36 sesions of IMRT Ended Feb 1, 2007