Mar 08, 2012 - 1:17 pm
Late 2005 a biopsy of my prostate was positive for cancer. In February of 2006 I had an RP. Prior to surgery both my bone and cat scans were negative for metastatic disease. My final pathology report showed a Gleason score of 3+4=7. For a little over 2yrs following surgery, my PSA was <0.1. In May of 2008 it edged up to 0.14. A follow up test in June showed a PSA of 0.16. My urologist/surgeon sent me for salvage radiation in July 2008. Again, I had cat and bone scans prior to starting radiation. Both were negative for metastatic disease. Following radiation my PSA had stabilized to 0.1 up until February 2010 when it increased to 0.2. My last PSA test taken in February 2012 was 0.3. In summary I have had an RP and salvage radiation and yet my PSA is rising very slowly. Even though my PSA is rising slowly it appears I have what is defined as "chemical recurrence". My urologist has not addressed this issue or discussed any future treatments. I'm very concerned about waiting around for this disease to spread to other areas. Has anyone out there had a similar situation? If so what type of treatments did you have and what was the outcome?