As a 56 year old male, I had never had a PSA test done. I accidentally stumbled across the need for a PSA test when I switched Primary Care Doctors. My Primary Care Physician of 10 years never had me take a PSA test. One of the requirements to meet my new Primary Care Physician was a complete physical which included a PSA test.
My PSA level came back at 12.0+. We scheduled another PSA test just make sure the initial results were factual and sure enough the same level registered a second time. Within 10 days I had a biopsy the resulted in all 12 samples being cancerous. A 4+4 Gleason score.
I spent the next 3 months completing extensive research and visiting urologists.
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It has been almost 18 months since I had surgery to remove my prostate. I have had follow up with Doctors every 3 months along with PSA test and so far I am doing very well with PSA results that remain low - current PSA is 0.25 ng/ml.
Of course, surgery may have been the most effective treatment in my case but it does not come without sacrifice.
It has been a little over two years since I had surgery. My latest PSA results came up negligible. I have a new PSA done every 3 months. No additional problems to report at this time.
Robotic surgery performed in 2008. Since that time have been cancer free. Consistently low PSA scores. Tested every 6 months. I still have issues with incontinence as I must wear a light pad daily. The ED situation has never improved and remains an issue.
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