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PGLGreg
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I've had several PSA tests starting in February of this year with results approx.: 9.2, 4.6, 4.4, 3.8, 4.7. My doctor doesn't think the possibility of prostate cancer is worth pursuing (except to continue the PSA testing), but I'm a little uneasy. What do you think?

I'm 64 and a PSA level of 4.7 isn't remarkable, I gather. That 9.2 result back in February is pretty high, and my doctor prescribed 2 weeks of cipro on the theory that I might have a urinary tract infection, or, also, the high level might have been due to inflamation caused by the 6 weeks of radiation therapy I had in Jan/Feb (after surgery for rectal cancer).

Greg

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rogermoore
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Hi Greg,

First, is you Dr. a Urologist or a General Practioner? If he is not a Urologist I would be tempted to visit one. If the PSA level remains stabilized I would feel somewhat comfortable, even tho the 4.7 is considered to be on the high side.

If you have Prostate Cancer in your family, I would be surprised if a Urologist did not recommend a biopsy.

If you are very uncomfortable you can insist your Dr. perform a biopsy, just to ease your mind.

Keep us posted on your decisions.

Roger

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PGLGreg
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Thanks for your comments, Roger.

My doctor is an oncologist. He said it's a rising PSA that's something to watch out specially for. I think, tentatively, I'll wait to see what the level is on 9/11/06, when I'm scheduled for another test. If it's up, I'll see a urologist.

Greg

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shipjim
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4.4, 3.8, 4.7 is not stable, go to a urologist and perhaps get a biopsy, it's uncomfortable but will put to rest questions in most cases. Don't screw around with this.

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PGLGreg
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After 4.4, 3.8, 4.7,on Sept. 11, it was 3.7. I'll wait and see what it is in Oct.

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