Thanks to all of you for your messages and support.
From the pattern of results I was expecting a rise but it still comes as a shock when it actually happens. Right from the time of a less than favourable histology report and a 30 percent chance a bio chemical return I have always hoped to beat the odds.
The options yesterday were a more aggressive approach to the stricture and risk major incontinence and a further op for an AUS, or a major operation for reconstruction of the urethra or leave it alone for a while to see how it goes. The concern of the incontinence was it affecting future possible RT.
Next PSA is in three months, as the consultant said I have still to reach the 0.2 threshold. Am I right that doubling times are irrelevant at such low readings?
This disease does involve a lot of waiting for the next step, so no real plan in place but I might make some changes to the diet.
Thoughts on points raised by some of you.
Recent urine tests have shown slight infection when dipped at GPs but always come back clear from lab tests.
I think the only spike I had was one “dip” from a series of steadily increasing readings.
My Urology nurse also said the rise could be from all the messing about but when pushed said it was only a guess.
I had my PSA test before the scan to make sure there was no influence on the outcome.
Will be good to meet up again and will try to make Mots next year and maybe Euston this year.
Some stats from the stricture, over the last few weeks, the flow has varied between 0.8mls/sec and 14mls/sec. I had to have a full bladder for the kidney scan and drank the recommended 500mls before the scan, post scan the flow was 1.7mls/sec. Three am the next morning the flow was 14mls/sec. The hospital flow on arrival yesterday again after drinking 500 mls of water was back down at 1.7mls/sec with a max flow of 4 mls/sec. The consultant also said constipation can cause retention.
I am still fortunate to be in a better place than many on here, and as I often say still here to moan about it. Once again thanks for the support.