I am sorry to hear of your problems and wish you the best possible outcome.
I am not familiar with Terazasin. Is that to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or Prostatis (non-concerous inflamation / infection of prostate gland)? Whatever it is, it sounds like it lowered your PSA.
In any case, given your increase in your PSA I would think that you would definitely want to do a free PSA test (it helps to seperate PSA from cancer and PSA from non-cancerous sources.) As you know the biopsy is no fun (although mostly uncomfortable rather than outright painful) but I would also encourage you to have another biopsy. These biopsy's are not perfect. They only sample the exact portions of the prostate that they penetrate with the needles. All other areas of the prostate are not tested. They could have missed something on the first one.
You may not have prostate cancer (PC). There are a number of non-cancerous conditions that can cause the PSA score to rise. However, if you do have PC, know that it is normally slow growing and highly curable (most cancers are only treatable, this one is actually curable) if caught early. The important thing is to find out if you have it first, then consider your various treatment options.
There are a lot of resources on the internet. You also might want to obtain and read Dr. Patrick Walsh's book on PC. It is very helpful although somewhat biased towards surgery as the best treatment option - I happen to agree after my research but others might find other treatment options (radiation, hormone, chemo, freezing, high energy, etc.) to be better options. You can read up on all treatment options in Dr. Walsh's book, or on the internet, or even on this web site.
DIAGNOSIS: 09/25/06. Age 49. PSA 4.6. PSA free 2%. Clinical pathology: Gleason 10. Stage 2a.
SURGERY: 11/08/06. RP at Johns Hopkins. Surgical pathology Gleason 10. Stage T3a (positive margins.) Negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes, and bone scan.
POST OP: First post op PSA was 0.00 in 12/06.
Post Edited (BenEcho10) : 1/13/2007 8:46:23 PM (GMT-7)