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Worried about my PSA result..

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Hi! I am 59 years old and I underwent prostatectomy last Feb. of 2018. My preoperative gleason score is 6 but the postoperative score based on Pathology report is 3+4 = 7. My first PSA after one month was .13 then after 6 months goes down to .03 then. 04 and last Sept. 2019 was .06. My Doctor told me that the number is insignificant but I am worried why it is progressing?

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The Germans have this proverbial phrase:

" A test is worth the opinions of ten experts"

If you want to know where are you standing at, take monthly test and do some serious number crunching as per a previous post of mine:

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Could be some residual benign prostatic glands left behind. Continue testing and wait with the worry until it reaches 0.1 but contact an RO (not the surgeon) if that happens.

Your PSA is still low. Irritations, inflammation etc. can cause PSA to rise. I am not sure I would panic yet. Watch how you exorcise i.e. riding a bicycle.

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Hutchig in reply to Magnus1964

Funny you should mention riding a bike. Before surgery I was an avid biker, 12 hours a week. 18months post surgery I started riding 45 minutes three time a week at the gym. Do you recommend not riding?

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Magnus1964 in reply to Hutchig

I would recommend not riding for at least 5 days before any PSA test. I ride the elliptical, no pressure on the pelvic floor.

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MiRob in reply to Magnus1964

If you had prostatectomy are you then still advised to avoid cycling a couple of days before a PSA test? Normally this rule is only for men who have their prostate.

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Magnus1964 in reply to MiRob

The irritations to the pelvic floor can still effect PSA.

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MiRob in reply to Magnus1964

Thanks, This is new to me. After the removal of the prostate what in the pelvic floor is then capable of producing PSA or other things in the blood that can effect the PSA test by irritations?

Just curious as I do a lot of bicycling after my RP

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Magnus1964 in reply to MiRob

The pelvic floor is just under the prostate area. The pressure and movement can cause the irritations. My uncle tried riding a bicycle from Florida back to Massachusetts and got as far as Georgia before being hospitalized with an inflamed prostate.

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Hutchig in reply to Magnus1964

Thanks for that recommendation.

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Hutchig in reply to Magnus1964

Hello Magnus. The PET/SCAN showed microscope cancer cells growing.

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Magnus1964 in reply to Hutchig

Radiation therapy would be a good next step. Preceded by some ADT drug, i.e. Lupron.

Any adverse pathology? positive margins? extracapsular extension? If it continues to increase in 3 months, see a radiation oncologist (not a urologist).

Mine varies from .04 to .06 depending which lab does the test I also asked my oncologist about this and he said it is not significant that was 15 years ago, I would listen to your doctor and stop stressing. He did explain something about different labs having this minimum reading difference but can’t remember exactly.

Interesting ty

The lab I use indicates anything less than 0.1 to be undetectable. Maybe go with a different lab? I know that sounds silly but might be good for peace of mind on such a low reading anyway.

I would do other tests, after 2 months and if result varies, do a salvage radiation.

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my friend pulled the trigger at 0.05

What is path report?

Do monthly tests AT SAME LAB

Are you taking any meds or supplements?

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