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My dad (83) was diagnosed 8 years ago & is still doing ok even tho his cancer has now spread.
Sadly we lost my eldest brother (51) too this 2 years ago who actually died from a secondary tumour.
My psa at (48 years of age) was 1.7 which fluctuated inbetween this & 2.7 until 2 months ago (50) when over a 3 month period it increased to 4.7
I am due to have 1 more psa test in 3 weeks & if the same a biopsy.
Point of interest our national health service allows for many variations in treatment regionally for example my middle brother (53) has DRA/PSA & an Advanced blood test looking at bio markers the last of which isn't available to me where I live unless I opt out for private treatment.
Most grateful for anyones opinions on the above & or alternatives I really should ask about.
I hope you don't mind as I chronicle my experiences & wish everyone as much well health as we can all wish for.
I wouldn't worry about getting any new types of blood tests which might give a percentage chance that you might have prostate cancer. In your position I would want to be sure and get a biopsy and I might be tempted to get my prostate out if was causing me any other problems. It is so unusual for someone to die of PC at such a young age as your brother did.
I'd agree with the previous advice. Given your family history and rising PSA a biopsy is advisable which should provide a definitive answer. Ensure that it is a transperineal biopsy where a larger number of core samples are taken and the accuracy of the diagnosis is greater. Given your relatively low current PSA, if there is a problem, hopefully it can be cleared up at an early stage.
I think there is a degree of complacency about prostate cancer in the UK. In my case I wish my GP and consultant had treated my case with more urgency.
I have a question which relates to my treatment in England.
Why is it we seem to use psa then biopsys when we could alternatively,arguably more accurately & less invasively use a Color Doppler Ultrasound (also known as a sonogram?
also why no use of PCA3?
There are many sources on there effectiveness I include 1 link below.