• High PSA OF 12

    Asked by JoeTEMT on Thursday, September 10, 2015

    High PSA OF 12

    Going to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Basking Ridge NJ to see a urologist because my blood work came back with a PSA OF 12. No symptoms and feeling fine, except not doing to good mentally. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I hate head and neck surgery three years ago don't feel like going through more. Thanks All

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Sorry for your new diagnosis, Joe. I only have experience with my father having PC. He didn't know he had it, and went on with his normal life for 13 or 14 years. He never even had any treatments or surgery, he wouldn't take anything. Lots of people on the site have done well with PC, I'm sure some of them will have some info for you. We at WN, wish you well!

      about 5 years ago
    • JoeTEMT's Avatar
      JoeTEMT

      Thanks Greg! You are always a help! You had helped me through my head and neck cancer three years ago. Thanks!

      about 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Wishing you the best on this one, I know you can do this easier than the last one!

      about 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Best to be safe but I thought you might like this link which says there are non cancer reasons prostate levels can get higher than "normal".

      http://www.everydayhealth.com/prostate-cancer/non-cancerous-reasons-your-psa-levels-are-high.aspx

      This link is from the MAYO:

      http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/psa-test/basics/risks/prc-20013324

      Best wishes

      about 5 years ago
    • DarylB's Avatar
      DarylB

      My PSA was 26. A biopsy showed my gland was 75% full of cancer. My Gleason scale was 9. I had a robotic prostectomy to have the gland removed. Then 8 weeks of radiation. I'd have to say the worst part was the catheter. Everything else was fairly easy. My PSA is now a 1.08 and going down. Dr. said it could be close to a year before I see a PSA of 0 but we are headed that direction. Hang in there. Worry is more debilitating than cancer at your stage. God bless!

      about 5 years ago
    • JoeTEMT's Avatar
      JoeTEMT

      Hi Daryl,
      Thank you so much for the encouraging words. I saw the surgeon at Sloan Kettering and he is sending me for a 3T MRI. This high end MRI is supposed to see both inside and outside the prostate. I see him for the results in Oct.
      Thanks again for being so kind! Joe

      about 5 years ago
    • BruceG's Avatar
      BruceG

      Hey Joe. Worry won't get you anywhere. Just stay on the path you are on to collect more information about your situation and develop a plan of action. You are in good hands at Sloan. I am a patient of Dr Laudone at their NYC, but don't have anything to offer with regards to their Basking Ridge center. Good luck and stay in charge.

      about 5 years ago
    • PCa_2015's Avatar
      PCa_2015

      Hope everything works out ok for you. I was diagnosed with PCa in June 2015, with a PSA of 78 and Gleason of 7. I didn't have 3T MRI. I had a TRUS biopsy. Did you have a DRE and was anything found? Did you (or do you know if you will) have a pelvic CT scan to identify whether there is possible pelvic lymph node involvement? I know you mentioned you will get results next month (Oct) from your 3T MRI, but I believe that the 3T MRI may not identify lymph node involvement unless a special imaging agent was used. With a 12 PSA, it is unlikely that its cause is just prostate inflammation or enlargement, although these conditions can be present along with prostate cancer, although I pray that you do not have prostate cancer. However, if you do have PCa, although this can be a dangerous disease you should know that it can be very manageable if not curable. There are many new drugs and treatment protocols available for PCa. One of the most important things is to have a good frame of mind and don't give up hope. Your treatment team will also do a bone scan to see if any PCa cells have metastasized to the bones. I was not a candidate for a radical prostatectomy because of lymph node involvement, but that may not be your situation. Radical prostatectomy usually provides the best chance for a cure. Even if your treatment options are limited to radiation, there are lots of radiation technologies that can help. I am scheduled to receive my radiation treatment (IMRT for 8 wks) next month. Once again, best wishes and don't give up hope.

      about 5 years ago

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