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Re: Increasing PSA Levels

FCB - Read your post with interest. You didn't mention if a biopsy was performed or not at this point. The hope is always that a high PSA like you started with is just from some sort of infection and not the dreaded "C" word. Don gave some good input and it sounds like you are paying proper attention to the situation. Now that you are off that drug, the real PSA levels can be monitored and we are all hoping they stabilize from here on. The alarms don't go off till it reaches the area of 4.0 I am told, as anything below that is considered normal for someone with his intact prostate. We all hope you can keep it that way! Jon R.

Re: Increasing PSA Levels

Dear Jon R and colleagues,
No, the doctor didn't even bother to do any tests or physical exams apart from looking at my current (0.2 PSA) and past PSA history (6 months ago my PSA was 0.01) and asking me how I was feeling. I answered him that I was feeling good, apart from the usual side effects - hot flashes and incontinence, mainly. To him, a rise in PSA from 0.01 to 0.2 in six months was not alarming, and attributed it to a lot of factors, like sex (because of late my sexual feelings have been on the rise, unfortunately!)
A biopsy was only done when the disease was first diagnosed about April, 2014 (PSA was then 65 and had spread outside the capsule but was confined to the soft tissues in the pelvis area only, after an MRI and "nuclear biology" scans revelations)
The only thing the oncologist told me was to take with me this time PSA test results to be done in September and December (that is, 3 months intervals) when I go for review in December, 2017, for comparisons purposes. Previously I was only doing PSA tests every six months, that is, after June, 2016.
Thank you for your support

Re: Increasing PSA Levels

FCB:
Although only two us have weighed in thus far, I am confident there are many more us ready to help in any way we can. Keep us posted.
Don O.

Re: Increasing PSA Levels

Thanks Don O, I have just posted the experience I had with my oncologist last June, 2017 when I went for review. I am in a third world country (Africa) so attention to detail may be different from other (developed) parts of the world where facilities are readily available

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