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When are you out of the woods?

Hi everyone,
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?

Re: When are you out of the woods?


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 If you decide to have a look I suggest you start with the entry titled "To My Family, Friends and Cyberspace Buddies."

Best wishes Don O.