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It's been a long time since I posted. I was treated Hormone+ Brachytherapy+low-dose radiation 8 years ago. Until last year, my PSA has been around 0.2 or lower. I had a bit of a shock today as I collected the results of my annual PSA check: 1.8! This would suggest doubling every 3 months. Admittedly, I've had a long-term recurring so I dismissed the first rising. But I've been on an extended antibiotic regime for 2 months, so that can't account for the rise.
I'm going to ask to see my oncologist - after eight years he probably won't remember me, but I do remember him saying once, 'if you get to 10 years, you can consider yourself cured'.
So, I was wondering, has anyone else found themselves back in PSA anxiety after 8 years (or more) of successful treatment?
And what might be my options if the beast has indeed come back?
Based on my interactions on various sites like YANA, its my impression that a recurrence after 8 years is not all that uncommon. If that's what is happening, you are again confronted with a series of very difficult decisions.
-- A meeting with your oncologist is a logical first step.
--What your oncologist recommends will provide you with direction for whatever research effort you undertake.
--I have documented my experience with PCa recurrence in an on-line journal some of which you may find helpful; see http://protondon.blogspot.com/ If you decide to have a look I suggest you start with the entry titled "To My Family, Friends and Cyberspace Buddies."