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Old 10-14-2010, 12:01 PM   #1
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PSA drop after salvage radiation

I just got my PSA reading back after salvage radiation. It droped from 1.5 to .47 one month after radiation finished. Is this considered a significant drop and should I maybe start HT or wait until anothe PSA test in 2 months.

 
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Re: PSA drop after salvage radiation

Hi rhome,

I hope you get other replies, especially from guys who have had RT as salvage, but I'll give you my impression.

It looks like a significant drop, and it seems safe to wait until the next PSA test before moving to HT. It's clear that the RT is making some difference.

Please keep in mind that I'm a layman survivor with no enrolled medical education.

Take care,

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Old 10-14-2010, 03:46 PM   #3
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Re: PSA drop after salvage radiation

Thanks Jim

I always appreciate a response from you.

Howard.

 
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Re: PSA drop after salvage radiation

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I just got my PSA reading back after salvage radiation. It droped from 1.5 to .47 one month after radiation finished. Is this considered a significant drop and should I maybe start HT or wait until anothe PSA test in 2 months.
Hi Rhome, When I finished my salvage radiation, my oncologist suggested that I wait for six months before being tested. He told me I could be tested earlier if I wished, but when he told me it can take a couple of years before my psa count could bottom out, I decided to wait the six months. He told me if I had my psa done a short time after salvage radiation, the count could easily be higher than it would be much later.

After the six months, my count had gone from 0.17 to 0.03. On my second test ( six months later ), my count was undetectable at the 0.04 level, which is the level my lab tests for. My oncologist said if I have no detectable psa at that level, I have nothing to worry about.

I go again in another month for another psa test. I really dislike going for these tests, as I'm always expecting bad news after each one. I usually become a basket case shortly before I go in for the results!

Take care and have a great day. Lionel.

 
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