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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 11/1/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
confused  Hello Everyone!
I am really confused!  We saw the oncologist on Tuesday 30th.
The prostiscint scan was undetectable and she said that the cancer had to be a certain size before it could be detected by the scan.  The PSA level is continuing to rise (now up to .75).  She said the PSA level indicates the cancer is growing but is not large enough to be dectectable by the scan.  We have another appointment on Nov. 29th.  She said we need to wait and see what's going on. How long do we wait before we find out what's next?  Would appreciate any answers!
Thanks, Lannie

Cedar Chopper
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 432
   Posted 11/2/2007 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   

I reread your first post on the cancer outside the prostrate.
The waiting is always so difficult.

I'm not sure what a protiscint scan is.
I do understand the idea of waiting a short time with capsular penetrated prostrate cancer
  - wait briefly to collect more data as you choose your next, more informed, move.

The P.S.A. is "now up to .75" from what and since when?
Could this actually be some good news from your initial diagnosis for aggressive P.C?
Such optimism could be your physician's rationalle for another short "wait and see."

If you, while logged on (click o the Control Panel at the top left of screen), if you customize your signature (for example, with the information in your first post and any treatments you have received since), you will get much more helpful posts from your friends here.

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2 Years of PSA between 4 and 5.5  + Biopsy 23DEC06 
Only 5 percent cancer in one of 8 samples.  +  Gleeson 3+3=6
Radical Prostatectomy 16FEB07 at age 54.
1+" tumor - touching inside edge of gland.  + Confined:)
Pad Free @ 14 weeks.  Six Month PSA <.003  :)
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 11/5/2007 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   

The scan you had is supposed to be more sensitive than the usual scans. That being said, it's not uncommon for a doctor to wait (although that is difficult) to see where the cancer shows up before putting you through treatment. If the pc is systemic she would do HT, if localized HT and then radiation. Now, I certainly don't know everything about this, I'm just going on my husbands treatment and that of others here on the site.

Try to stay calm and learn all you can before a decision needs to be made.

All the best,
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7 Stage: T2B N0 MX
3 mo. PSA Post LRP Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
09/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Distant lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
06/06/07: PSA 0.1
09/05/07: PSA 0.1

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