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Old 06-09-2010, 11:57 AM   #1
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PSA now 24

I posted a few weeks back in a panic after getting my first ever PSA test and it came back at 53. I had my first appointment with the Urologist yesterday. He did a DRE and took blood for anouther PSA and it came back at a 24. I can't tell you how glad I was that it didn't go up. I know that 24 is still way high but he thinks it could be a infection. So I go on antibiotics for three weeks and will retest at that time.

I also asked him for the lab report from my GP and found out that I had a 31.9 and not a 53 like he told me. He also claimed me cholesterol was fine when in fact it was high. What The Hell??? I see a new GP on Thursday.

Mark

 
Old 06-09-2010, 02:12 PM   #2
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Re: PSA now 24

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I posted a few weeks back in a panic after getting my first ever PSA test and it came back at 53. I had my first appointment with the Urologist yesterday. He did a DRE and took blood for anouther PSA and it came back at a 24. I can't tell you how glad I was that it didn't go up. I know that 24 is still way high but he thinks it could be a infection. So I go on antibiotics for three weeks and will retest at that time.

I also asked him for the lab report from my GP and found out that I had a 31.9 and not a 53 like he told me. He also claimed me cholesterol was fine when in fact it was high. What The Hell??? I see a new GP on Thursday.

Mark
Your psa was probably lower than 24 as your uro did a DRE and then the psa draw. A Dre will falsely raise a psa, arguably. My bet is infection, they dont move like that with PCA, but what do I know.

 
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Old 06-09-2010, 02:49 PM   #3
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Re: PSA now 24

The urologist did the blood draw before the DRE so shouldn't of affected the PSA. All I know at this point is that it isn't 53 and its going in the right direction.
Mark

 
Old 06-09-2010, 09:02 PM   #4
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Re: PSA now 24

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The urologist did the blood draw before the DRE so shouldn't of affected the PSA. All I know at this point is that it isn't 53 and its going in the right direction.
Mark
That is good news though I don't know anything about these infections it's got to be wa-ay better than the alternative. Sorry for your scare though. It turned out well in the end as you have seemingly found a good urologist and hopefully your new GP will give you accurate facts.

I am relieved for you and your loved ones

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Old 06-10-2010, 07:41 AM   #5
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Re: PSA now 24

Thanks Polli
The support and information on this board is fantastic. I really don't know what I would of done without it. Just being able to read about other members stoies has calmed me down and educated me at the same time.

Thanks again to everybody

Mark

 
Old 06-29-2010, 07:59 AM   #6
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Re: PSA now 24

Okey now I'm really confused. My first PSA came back at a 31.9, so off to the Urologist I go. Three weeks later Urologist does another PSA and this comes back at a 24 and he says its probably a infection. So after three weeks of Cipro my PSA is at 40. What up with that? Can your PSA swing that much in that short of time. The Uro says it can and I'm scheduled for a biopsy in two weeks. At this point I'm not sure what or who I believe.

Mark

 
Old 06-30-2010, 03:52 AM   #7
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Re: PSA now 24

Hi Mark,

With psa's at those kind of levels, it's probably wise to get all the investigations you can. Although infections/inflammations certainly can raise the psa and also cause quite violent swings, there quite possibly may be an underlying element arising from a tumour, and it's best to be mentally prepared for the eventuality.

My own psa peaked at 20.8 a couple of years ago, following some major urological damage and ensuing procedures (bladder completely wrecked by massive acute retention/ prostate 60cc / permanent catheters and cystoscopies). When they eventually took biopsies during an op. for a couple of other things, a cancer was confirmed at Gleason 6 - most probably low grade - and the psa's then sagged into the range 11-13. Only recently have they gradually climbed back, to latest reading 14.8 .... and so far, I have opted against active treatment because the side effects would be both guaranteed and irrevocable in mycase - just managing the other stuff is quite enough.

I assume that you will so far have been seeing Urologists, and doubtless Oncologists also if your biopsies confirm a tumour. Those two professions often have very different views around treatment options, and it's not really a question of 'believing' them - much of what they say will be entirely factual - but deciding for yourself how to balance risks appropriate to your own life, so taking the best advice and information from as many different angles as you can. Definitely don't be railroaded into any particular course of action based on the last specialist you talked to - unless of course, their news is both dire and urgent. In most cases there is ample room for thinking time, before deciding which way to go....which might well include the 'Do-Nothing' options ('active surveillance' or 'watchful waiting' ) for a while, as the situation is monitored further.

I hope you manage to resolve your case before too long. Forums such as this can be an excellent means of obtaining a spread of case histories, opinion and advice. Could I also recommend the 'Prostate Cancer Charity Message Board' based here in the UK, which is generally acknowledged as a leader in the field - it is very easy to register, and there is a thriving long-term community of individuals always focused on the challenges of PCa (prostate cancer), and always eager to welcome new folk to the fold.

All the very best for now,

David (Aberdeenshire, Scotland)

 
Old 07-03-2010, 01:47 PM   #8
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Re: PSA now 24

Hi Dave
Thanks for the imput. Without boards like this one and all of the members talking openly about their own cases I probably wouldn't know what to do. As I said in my post I am scheduled for a Biopy next week and plan on having the core samples sent to the Boswick labs. I hear from some of the senior members on this site they are the ones to go to.

I was just a little taken back when my PSA went back up two weeks after it came down 10 points. Can your PSA drop 10 points and then back up 20 points if it is PC? I thought that if it was PC the PSA wouldn't go down unless I was taking some type of treatment. Shows how little I know.

As far as being ready for the outcome of the biopy, I don't know. I have tried to educate myself as much as I could in the last month and a half so I think I will be okey. I guess we will see when that time comes.

Take care
Mark

PS: I live in a Aberdeen also.

 
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