My oncologist told me not to get too worked up over small PSA rises post-surgury, post-radiation and post-hormone therapy. While is it concerning and yout really want a "0", he told me he's seen little rises like this in similar patients, and then it can stabilize or even go back down.
What they're really looking for is a trend --- is the PSA on a constant rise, and how fast is it rising? A reading of .05 at this stage could just be "noise" --- you find out over time.
HANG IN THERE!
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