Nov 19, 2009 - 6:27 pm
My Dad had prostate surgery in mid-September. Prior to his surgery, he had a bone scan which came up as clean. His pathology report came back so-so - it said that there was pueraneural (sp?) invasion. The urologist said that this was probably minor.
8 weeks after the surgery he went in for his PSA check. It came back as 3! The urologist was baffled, and it took another sample that same day and sent it to a different lab. The second lab sent back a PSA of 7!
How can the PSA level vary so much between labs? What would cause such a high PSA level with a mostly ok pathology report and a clean bone scan?
He goes to see the oncologist tomorrow - what will the oncologist be likely to recommend?
My Dad is only 66 - too young for all of this.
And lastly, how can I be the best, most supportive daughter that I can be? My Dad internalizes things because he doesn't want to cause us worry, but I am worried and I want to do whatever I can to make things better.