Thanks for that explanation. My PSA was reported as less than 0.1 for the two years after surgery. Biopsy 3 3, pathology 3 4. One year ago they reported it as 0.01 with a new more sensitive testing procedure. Last week using the same lab it measured 0.05 (this is four years after surgery).
I know this is considered undetectable but is this showing the start of a rising PSA trend?
My urologist said to not worry about it but I am having a little PSA anxiety and might have a hard time waiting a year for the next test.View Thread
Thank you az4peaks2. After reading your post last week I bought the new Tena pads. I found them at a CVS pharmacy. They are perfect for me. No more big bulge in the wrong area. I haven't really needed the absorbency of the Depend Male Guards for quite a while but that was about all I could find until now. The stores I go to either had the Depends Guards or diapers, nothing lighter duty. Thank you again.View Thread
Hi. A question has been nagging me for the last year. PSA 3.5 Jan. 2009 at age 59 and had been rising for a year or two. Biopsy March 2009. Left side 3 of 6 cores with 5% cancer, Gleason 3+3, right side 6 cores and no cancer. Stage T1C. I went into see my urologist after getting that news and decided on the open prostate surgery. Surgery April 2009. Pathology Stage pT2C NX, MX, Gleason 3+4 and the tumor occupied 25% of the prostate. The tumor was confined to the prostate and my PSA has been less than 0.1 at 3 and 6 months. The question is did the biopsy just totally miss a lot of the cancer or did I have a fast growing, aggressive cancer that grew that rapidly in one month? Wouldn't most people with a Gleason 6 and 5% involvement on one side of the prostate be taking their time making a decision on treatment or going for watchful waiting? I've seen some research on Vietnam vets and their prostate cancer often being more aggressive. Thank you for any input on this.View Thread
Thank you for your reply Galileo1962. This has to be the only cancer with so many treatment options. I wonder if there's a survey comparing the biopsy and the pathology.
H555: Both my diabetes type II and the prostate cancer are Agent Orange related since I was in Vietnam. That Veterans Benefit Network is sure a good source of information. Thanks.
Although I've been a diabetic for almost thirty years I accidently found out about the Agent Orange connection at a party and got started with the VA two years ago. Then a year later the prostate cancer shows up. I think there are still many in-country Vietnam veterans that aren't aware of the prostate cancer and diabetes connection so I mention that often when I run into a veteran.View Thread
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