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Post prostatectomy: What do rising PSA levels mean?
I had a prosectamy in 2005 and my PSA has been rising slowly. I was at 0.44 6 months ago and now 6 months later it’s 0.56. It has slowly going up. I am 70 years old now. What do you think of this?
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Hello @ira817, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I found the following information on the Cancer.gov site that may be helpful explaining the PSA numbers.
"In the past, most doctors considered PSA levels of 4.0 ng/mL and lower as normal. Therefore, if a man had a PSA level above 4.0 ng/mL, doctors would often recommend a prostate biopsy to determine whether prostate cancer was present.Oct 4, 2017"
– Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test – National Cancer Institute: https://www.cancer.gov/types/prostate/psa-fact-sheet
Have you discussed the latest PSA test results of 0.56 with your doctor?
I think its awesome that you are 15 years post surgery. Rising levels now may represent a chemical reoccurrence. I would watch it closely. My dr. just advised to retest in 3 months and do nothing now at my .15.
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