low testosterone with high PSA diagnosed
I am a relatively fit 60 year old who visited thye doctor to complain about a lack of energy and tiredness and "drive". After testing for thyroid and other possibilities, I was found to have an abnormally low testosterone level.
Being the father of 3 grown-up children (who all carry my blood group B+) and with body and facial hair being normal and not to ape-man level, this surprised me. I had a vasectomy way back now in 1988 with no adverse effects.
In order to get testosterone replacement therapy, they first needed to check my PSA level as this treatment can aggravate prostate cancer.
I now find I have a high PSA result. Test 1 was 8.8 (about 2 weeks after a DRE) and 10.0 (about 4 weeks after a DRE). The DRE test result showed that I have an enlarged prostate but with no "sinister features". I have no problems over urination nor maintaining erections etc though I have somewhat lost sexual drive (but everything still seems to work OK)
The next stage now is for me to have an ultrasound with biopsy samples taken in about 3 weeks time. My doctors say there is about a 33% chance of prostate cancer only for me. They feel that "probably" my increased prostate cancer is relatively normal and benign.
I read that one treatment for prostate cancer is medication to LOWER my testosterone level !!! Surely this will just cause me more problems than I am experiencing now?
Is this combination of low testosterone result and high PSA result significant of anything in particular?
I would have thought that HIGH testosterone levels with high PSA levels were not good news.
My specialist says if the biposy shows NO cancerous cells, they will start me on replacement testosterone treatment.
I am certainly a little perplexed about if testosterone levels and PSA levels are related in any way or totally unconnected. Perhaps someone could explain please.
I can supply testosterone results in more detail if required
Last edited by keithaird; 10-16-2012 at 05:15 AM.
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