High PSA three years post op

Posted by bobpros @bobpros, Oct 16 2:24pm

Husband had total removal of prostrate three years ago. Since then PSA has been very low. Recent bloodwork from family doc shows 3.9 Totally confused and very concerned. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Hi there @bobpros. I just opened my computer and found your post. So….let me take a moment to give you a hearty welcome to Connect. I am not a prostate cancer patient, just a caregiver. I monitor this discussion because my life partner is a prostate cancer patient. He had a robotic prostatectomy several years ago. The surgery took quite a while and then the surgeon came out to speak with me. He spent considerable time explaining how the tumor was sort of leaning against the opening to the bladder. In order to make sure they got everything they did several captures of the margin area and continued until they found the margin sample to be free of cancer. However, it was noticed and recorded.

Two years later a PSA blood draw noted a rise and there were other signs that somehow either there was a bit of cancer that had fallen off into the surrounding area (prostate bed) or somehow got left behind around the margin. It was recommended that Jay begin a 7 week series of 5 proton beam treatments per week. He completed the treatment without any serious or long-lasting side effects. Since that time the quarterly PSA tests have all been undetectable for cancer in his body.

So….it does happen. The rise in PSA was immediately noticed as well as the doubling numbers. Everything was then taken care of by the Oncology team at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. We, of course, still go get the quarterly PSA blood draws. Have you been able to schedule an appointment with your prostate team that includes an oncologist?

May you have happiness and the causes of happiness. Now, I am going to run back to my home in Neuropathy. Just let me know that everything is o.k. and that you are being helped.

Chris

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Hi there @bobpros. I just opened my computer and found your post. So….let me take a moment to give you a hearty welcome to Connect. I am not a prostate cancer patient, just a caregiver. I monitor this discussion because my life partner is a prostate cancer patient. He had a robotic prostatectomy several years ago. The surgery took quite a while and then the surgeon came out to speak with me. He spent considerable time explaining how the tumor was sort of leaning against the opening to the bladder. In order to make sure they got everything they did several captures of the margin area and continued until they found the margin sample to be free of cancer. However, it was noticed and recorded.

Two years later a PSA blood draw noted a rise and there were other signs that somehow either there was a bit of cancer that had fallen off into the surrounding area (prostate bed) or somehow got left behind around the margin. It was recommended that Jay begin a 7 week series of 5 proton beam treatments per week. He completed the treatment without any serious or long-lasting side effects. Since that time the quarterly PSA tests have all been undetectable for cancer in his body.

So….it does happen. The rise in PSA was immediately noticed as well as the doubling numbers. Everything was then taken care of by the Oncology team at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. We, of course, still go get the quarterly PSA blood draws. Have you been able to schedule an appointment with your prostate team that includes an oncologist?

May you have happiness and the causes of happiness. Now, I am going to run back to my home in Neuropathy. Just let me know that everything is o.k. and that you are being helped.

Chris

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Thank you and I appreciate your response to my concerns.
Regards
Assad

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