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Thank you Anna for your welcome reply.
As you might suspect, I have become very anxious about my health and worry about upcoming test results etc. My next PSA test isn’t until March, but already it’s very difficult to ‘put it at the back of my mind!’ Partly because the .2 drop last time was disappointing, even though I’m assured that it’s ok.
My health concern started when I had emergency surgery for bowel cancer. (All clear now 6 years later.) That was followed my mesh repaired hernia, cellulitus, gall bladder removal, shingles and now the prostate cancer. I finished rt a year ago, so it’s regular testing and worrying yet again.
I’ll try to remain positive and might consider counselling. I think I was trying to reassure myself that all will be well.
The PC was Intermediate Favourable, 60 Gys in 20 fractions. The specialist said I might have had the last PSA test too soon, so I’ve waited 6 months this time.
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Somebody must have an opinion on this? A .2 drop in PSA doesn’t seem much. Specialist said it was ok and wait until March before next test. Patience!
Now my PSA is 2.9, three months after the 3.1 reading. I’m disappointed with the small drop. I don’t have any hormone treatment as they treat people with normal testosterone levels. Any thoughts? Or am I expecting too much?
And one question. Is it normal procedure for a dre to be necessary after radiotherapy for localised prostate cancer? My PSA went down to 3.1 but I’m getting coflicting advice about a follow up dre. Thanks.
Hello. Is there anybody there? I finished my radiotherapy for prostate cancer early February and had the PSA test 4 months later. It dropped to 3.1 from 7.4 last July and was told it could have been even higher pre rt. The 3.1 pleased me and the Specialist. In fact he said 6 monthly tests now and discharged me! I told him I hoped not to see him again and he said the same. Nothing personal of course.
Well! I have passed the 5 year mark and am considered disease free. Had my last appt with my lovely colorectal nurse and gave her a hug. And some flowers. BUT, not all good news. I am half way through 20 radiation sessions for localised prostate cancer, Intermediate a Favourable and the shingles rash I developed has mostly faded. It’s all go. Best wishes to all.
3 years, 3 months and 12 days, if I counted right. My colorectal nurse was pleased with my 9 monthly check and doesn’t want to see me for a year! Which must mean she isn’t too worried? I’m still a worrier and might see a councellor next week. It’s a pity the 5 year survival graph doesn’t have a 3 year point as it heads to the ‘cancer is unlikely to recur after 5 years’ point. All I am told is that the chances improve as each day passes etc. I think I started in the mid to high 80’s for my T3N0M0 extended right hemicolectomy. 22 clear lymph nodes and no chemo.
Just rambling on a Saturday afternoon. This disease is always on my mind.