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Post prostatectomy: What do rising PSA levels mean?

Prostate Cancer | Last Active: Jan 14 7:12pm | Replies (86)

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@colleenyoung

Hi @aakrogstad and welcome. A rise in PSA, however slight so easily creates concern. I can imagine you're scared. I'm tagging @dandl48 @hoard @horace1818 and @ken82 to offer their thoughts.

A single elevated PSA measurement in a patient who has a history of prostate cancer does not always mean that the cancer has come back. Your doctor may look for a trend of rising PSA level over time rather than a single elevated PSA level.

The waiting part is the hardest. Do you have ways to distract your thoughts or calm them?

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@aakrogstad @colleenyoung Colleen, you might want to edit your post to read .3 instead of .03 that you have posted. With regard to the rise in PSA to .3, I personally would wait the 6 months although it would be stressful for me also. I'm not a doctor just what I would do. I had SBRT for my Prostate cancer back in September 2020 and I did stress out waiting for my 6 month PSA test in March that came back at <0, now I'm waiting for my next PSA scheduled for September with a little less stress. Best of luck,
Dave

My prostectomy was 17 years ago. My psa level was undetectable until my recent test. It is now elevated.
Kenw

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