"Bill Anderson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> In January it'll be a year since the doc and his five-armed friend chopped
> my prostate out and I'm still having PSA tests every three months. The
> results remain good -- the doc says my PSA level is "undetectable." But
> if I'm understanding him correctly, what he's really saying is that my PSA
> level is somewhere less than .04 which is the lowest level the machine in
> his office can detect. So sure, for this machine at least, my PSA level
> is "undectable."
> Well, in the spirit of over-thinking this thing I'm wondering ... is there
> anybody around here who got similar results at first but later discovered
> there was activity at a level beneath .04 and you wish you'd sprung for a
> more accurate test sooner?
Since going on ADT, I have had my PSA tested numerous times and the type of
assay has been based purely on whatever my lab got the lowest bid on. As
such, my results might have been < 0.10, <0.04, or < 0.05. Of course,
different assays might have given me down to < 0.003. But, to what purpose.
Readings under 0.10 are like cork in the water.
I preferred assays to 0.10 and, by chance, that's all I had since 2008.
My last PSA was = 0.10, so I now have to be more cognizant of my changes in
PSA. But, I didn't have to worry about that for years and I'm happy about
PSA 16 10/17/2000 @ 46
Biopsy 11/01/2000 G7 (3+4), T2c
RRP 12/15/2000 G7 (3+4), T3cN0M0 Neg margins
PSA <.1 <.1 <.1 .27 .37 .75 PSAD 0.19 years
EBRT 05-07/2002 @ 47
PSA .34 .22 .15 .21 .32 PSAD 0.56 years
Lupron 07/03 (1 mo) 8/03 and every 4 months there after
PSA .07 .05 .06 .09 .08 .132 .145 PSAD 1.40 years
Casodex added daily 07/06
PSA <0.1 until =0.1 10/10 PSAD 2.99 years
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