Hi all, I am in UK aged 56 and had PSA of 32 late 2014. After RP in Feb 2015, analysis slowed 3+4 T3aN0M0 with bladder neck invasion, negative margins. Initially PSA was undetectable, then 2.5 years later detectable PSA (moving up and down 0.03-0.06 since 2017). My latest reading is 0.076 and I am seeing oncologist soon about possible salvage radiotherapy. So I am wondering about questions to ask and any advice.
I had a sling fitted for incontinence in 2017, which is still occasionally irritable and leads to urinary retention and low flow, and I am concerned that RT will make this worse.
Also could a PSMA scan pick up anything at this low level (is it even available in UK)?
And I hear that improvements mean RT could be targeted at the prostate bed, and if that doesn't do it a wider area could be targeted later (missing the prostate bed), rather than doing a wider area to start with. Plus I read of a gel that can protect the bowel.
The standard seems to be start treatment at PSA 0.2 but I also read that it makes sense to start treatment at 0.1 as if you get to 0.1 you will almost certainly get to 0.2.
Also I see ADT (I think for 6 months before RT?) should improve outcomes.
Any thoughts would be most welcome - cheers Julian