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PSA TEST

Tomorrow i get my 9 mth PSA test do they get any easier i get so stressed.Since my RP my PSA has been @ 4WKS 0.02 @ 8wks 0.01 @ 3mth 0.03 and again at 6 mth 0.03 i don't understand these numbers are they good or bad.And how long do i have to have a PSA test every 3 mths.When do i go 6 mth tests.
bob

Re: PSA TEST

Bob,
If your PSA number gets to 0.2 and is on an upward trend then they will recomend you get salvage radiation treatment.

They really like to see < less than .01. The fact that you don't have the less than .01 means you either still have a bit of prostate cells or prostate cancer cells in your body. Your results are very common even after successful treatment. As long as your next PSA is .03 or below then they would probably put you on 6 months testing then annual testing. Your PSA can bounce around a lot and may even get as high as 0.2 without it requiring salvage radiation treatment.

P.S. - Salvage radiation treatment for me was very easy. Nothing compared to what I feared.

Re: PSA TEST

Bob,

What Frank says is correct. But you should alos know that ultra-sensitive PSA tests (which is what you are getting now) are not always accurate - see ULTRA-SENSITIVE PSA

If you ever get to the stage when you have three consecutive rises in your PSA at the kind of levels you are talking about you might like to read this story: AGOSTINI which is just one of over 1,000 stories on the site. You might like to read those - and the rest of the site. THe knowledge yo get should reduce your anxiety because you will have greater knowledge.

Terry

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