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mozart250
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 11/30/2007 4:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, thought I would check in with another three month update.
 
To follow on with the last update, I never did schedule the second opinion with JH.  I got really busy at work and decided I would wait one more test (maybe the 0.1 was a fluke).  Anyway, I read that the JH standard for reoccurrence was at 0.2 and I was not there yet.
 
Anyway, my latest PSA came in at 0.1.  In my mind this is good in that it is not a post surgery rise.  But it also indicates that the 0.1 of the previous test might not be a fluke.
 
So I have a scheduled appointment with a radiation oncologist December 13.  It might not lead to anything, but I do want the second opinion.
 
If anything I would like a more accurate reading.  One question..does anyone know..If I have a PSA test that reads to one decimal point, is it rounded or truncated.  In other words does my reading of 0.1 mean that my PSA is between .05 and .14 or between .10 and .19.  Curious?
51 Year Old DBA by profession; amateur pianist by passion.
 
June 2006:  PSA 4.6.  DRE prostate enlarged.  
Aug  2006:  Second opinion confirms first.  Biopsy suggested.
Sep  2006:  Biopsy results positive one lobe.  Gleason 3+3.
Nov  2006:  RPA performed at Fletcher Allen in Burlington VT.
Nov  2006:  Pathology report: Stage T3a and Gleason 3+4.
Dec  2006:  PSA 0.1
Feb  2007:  PSA 0.0 (under 0.1)
May 2007:  PSA 0.0 (under 0.1)


myman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 12/2/2007 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mozart,

While I don't know the answer to your specific question, I know that Don's current 0.1 is condidered undetectable by his oncologist.  Were that to move upward on 2 psa's then additional therapy would be added.  It's good you have that appt. scheduled - it's good to take a look at every option and plan as much as possible.  Then live your life! 

Hopefully someone else will post.

All the best,

Susan

 


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
11/27/07: PSA 0.1


Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 12/2/2007 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
The basic PSA test is accurate to the nearest tenth. The highly sensitive PSA is accurate to within a hundredth, as I understand it. So if the PSA on the standard test is between 0.1 and 0.2 it is rounded up or down depending on which number it's closest to.
Age 59 PSA 2.6 (Quadrupled in one year) Gleason 5
Bilateral nerve-sparing RRP 6/21/06
Cancer confined to prostate, post-op PSA's non-detectable

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