Jun 08, 2012 - 11:57 pm
Never lose hope... Spent the last two weeks fretting an unexpected and large jump in PSA. I had been 2 yrs post RP with undetectable PSA. I thought I was out of the woods. Opted for robotic surgery in 2010 to avoid the fate of my father and grandfather, and the prognosis was very positive. Gleason 6, PSA 6.5, extremely low volume of PCA found in the post op prostate, margins all aok. First year after surgery, ultrasensitive PSA was still at 0, but now all of a sudden at year two I'm at 1.3. Thought I was going to have to skip the radiation stage and proceed straight to HT.
Well..... I repeated the test this week at a different lab, and lo and behold, PSA was undetectable.
So, yes, mistakes can happen.
I notified the various parties so they can look into what happened. Could have been a measurement error, could have mixed up two patients, who knows.... I'm concerned there's another post-op person out there who thinks he has undetectable PSA when in fact it's 1.3. Hopefully the lab will check on that and take appropriate steps....