• PSA Levels

    Asked by mustangray on Thursday, March 13, 2014

    PSA Levels

    My PSA level is slowly raising after my surgery in 2009. My level was a .02 and now is a .25. Doctor wants me at start radiation treaments. Would like to know at what psa level to start radiation and hows anyone else had readings before start radiation treatmeants,

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    • yww's Avatar

      My friend went with robotic surgery 4 years ago and his PSA was essentially 0 for the 3 years after the surgery. However, about a year and half ago, his PSA started to go up gradually similar to yours to about .45 his final PSA test. His doc said there was no question with the rise that there was cancer present and recommended to him proton radiation. He completed that early last year and his PSA has since dropped back down to zero. Good luck and let us know what you decide.

      almost 7 years ago
    • jrh43's Avatar

      My post surgery PSA went from 0 to about 2.5 after 10 years at zero. The scan showed no areas of cancer so I chose to have radiation in the prostate bed. It worked really well and my PSA has been back to zero for at least two years. Hope it works as well for you.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Hopdog's Avatar

      After my surgery in 1999 PSA was .02. Started rising after 2 1/2 years. Went through radiation and PSA back to .02. Stayed low until 2006 and started rising again. My suggestion would be to Watch and wait every 3 months until the PSA hits a larger number. In the 4-8 area. .025 really isn't high. Certainly not enough to warrant radiation. Let me know if I can answer any other questions


      almost 7 years ago
    • skyhawkdriver's Avatar

      There is a study by Johns Hopkins that rates the mortality rate based on three things. First, your Gleason score; second, the period of time after the surgery that the PSA returned,; and finally, the period of time for your PSA numbers to double. I have bad news in each category.
      My Gleason was 9, my PSA returned in under two years, and has doubled in two months. Your news is much better. Follow your oncologist's lead.

      almost 7 years ago
    • MAGNUM1's Avatar

      I had a radical prostatectomy in 2004. Cancer returned about 2 years later; miniscule PSA readings, however I did not want to take a "wait and see" response. The oncologist agreed,
      showing me graphs on a computer screen, of the likely increase in my PSA. He commented that the patient's outcome is usually much better, if the treatments are not delayed. I urged for the initiation of the radiation treatments in 2007. Completed an 8 week, daily radiation program.
      Over the last 6 years, my PSA levels have showed almost no increase. Last year, my PSA actually went LOWER, than the previous reading!!! The doctor believes that my losing weight, is a factor in this development. I am a 10 year cancer survivor........

      almost 7 years ago

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