Feb 27, 2014 - 7:38 am
I'm a visitor here from Lymphoma, where I have been a regular for some time (full remission, 4.5 years now). I posted here for a while last year until my friend Gary died of prostate, after a 13-year fight (his psa was 980 at the end)
I would like your opinions on whether I should see a urologist. I had prostate infections about 25 years ago following a month on a cath due to massive trauma. They were very painful and even involved passing blood, but this has not reoccured since 1987. I have recurring UTIs (maybe one a year) which meds clear fairly easily. I have had difficulty "starting urine flow" for a few years, and do not empty properly most of the time.
My CTs from lymphoma over the years always showed "Enlarged Prostate," but never any other sort of prostate issues. My digital exams have always been normal. I have never "passed blood." I am 57, and recently got a PSA back of 3.7, which was slightly higher than about two years before. My family doctor said "it is normal range, and I am not worried about it." I had an appointment with my oncologist the following week (my normal six month bloodwork analysis and visit), and he had recievied the PSA report electronically. I asked him about it, and he also said he did not consider it worrisom, and did not feel that I needed to see anyone about it. I have another friend who has a PSA of around 3.6 who has been in "watch and wait" for a few years, but his biopsys are negative. He says he is on some drug to aid him with ease of flow, which works well for him.
Your thoughts ?