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User
Posted 11 Feb 2020 at 17:57
Bullocks - sorry to see this.
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard
User
Posted 11 Feb 2020 at 22:19

Sorry to see your latest result Chris, hope you get some more positive news in your telecon.


Arthur

User
Posted 12 Feb 2020 at 07:41

Good luck today Chris. x

User
Posted 12 Feb 2020 at 15:29
Hi Chris, just picked up this thread, sorry to read your PSA has been on the rise. You really don't deserve this cr*p mate! Stay strong & I hope things improve soon.
All the best. Steve
User
Posted 12 Feb 2020 at 16:16
Sorry to see this rise Chris. Still in the below 1 club though. Hope the conversation the oncologist nurse is positive

Bri
User
Posted 12 Feb 2020 at 17:49
Sorry you now have more to worry about Chris. Hope the appointment goes as well as possible

Good luck

Cheers
Bill
User
Posted 12 Feb 2020 at 19:01

Hi Chris,


Sorry to hear about your PSA rise.  Any news like this is not what you want to hear.


Thinking of you both. 


Steve x

User
Posted 12 Feb 2020 at 22:13

I always prefer to get my PSA result before my onco appointment so this time I used my GP PSA request form for the PSA and the hospital form for the testosterone. As it happens the nurse took two lots of blood at the same time and both got sent together and tested , one was 0.33 the other 0.34 so no surprise there. 


Getting the result from the GP was like pulling teeth, I suspect they had the result but it had not been reviewed by a GP. Onco nurse has now said send her a text the day after my blood test and she will send it by text so I get it before our appointment. She was relieved that I had already got the bad news before out conversation. 


  So I had telephone appointment with onco nurse, we discussed scans and agreed that at 0.33 it was probably too early for a reliable test and they would normally wait until at least 1.0. Based on the stories on here I am quite happy with that.  Looking at my past results she calculated my doubling time at 5.5 months so I should be in whole figures  around a year from now. Next test in four months, when we will review doubling times again. We only have PSMA scans at our hospital, but I have private medical insurance if other scans are recommended. Radiation treatment to detected areas would be the next treatment if anything relevant is detected. 


With regard to dyes and substances they inject is there a limit to how many or often you can have scans.


At this point if it comes to choices I do not want to go down the HT route , enough is enough. 


That's about it, I feel more upbeat than when I got the result yesterday.


Thank you all for the support.


Thanks Chris

User
Posted 13 Feb 2020 at 05:54
Chris I have had about 6 CT now with contrast and about 5 bone scans with tracers. Also 2 PET with their tracers. I’m just told the benefit outweighs the risk but yes it’s bad for your kidneys. A full body CT is equal to 7 yrs of natural radiation. It seems I’m not going to be offered any targeted RT. Just systemic treatment maybe starting in a week depending on those latest scan results. Not had a psa done recently but expected at 400. I too have very little desire to start HT tbh mate

If life gives you lemons , then make lemonade
User
Posted 13 Feb 2020 at 06:56

CJ


Thanks for the info, I do have CKD3, it has not caused me any problems, apart from not being able to have certain medications. 


I was reluctant to have surgery even up to sitting on the anesthetic table , but went ahead with it. I was reluctant to have RT but got talked round. Both have left me with some tish problems. 


Old age is catching up with me , I can cope with the catheters and changes, tethering my self to a night bag every day, emptying leg bags and the frequent urine infections, but to then have the issues associated with HT, I think not.


Hope your own treatment goes well and thanks for your support.


Thanks Chris

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User
Posted 13 Feb 2020 at 19:51
Hi Chris, they also told me scans would be done at 1.0
Hopefully local treatment to any identified mets when needed will hold it at bay

Bri
User
Posted 13 Feb 2020 at 21:07

Went to GP today for BP check. The nurse tells me I haven't got BCR until PSA has reached 1, that's why they don't scan until it gets to 1. Think it's time to change surgery.


Thanks Chris

User
Posted 13 Feb 2020 at 22:20
Dear God! 🤦‍♀️
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard
User
Posted 14 Feb 2020 at 08:26

You wonder where  they come up with these ideas when there is a fairly clear statement if what defines BCR after prostatectomy. Ridiculous.


My GP signed off my 0.3 initial recurrence PSA as within normal range, hadn’t even looked at my notes!

Ido4

User
Posted 14 Feb 2020 at 09:09

Originally Posted by: Online Community Member


Went to GP today for BP check. The nurse tells me I haven't got BCR until PSA has reached 1, that's why they don't scan until it gets to 1. Think it's time to change surgery.


Thanks Chris



The other year one of my surgery nurses heard me asking the receptionist for a blood form for my PSA test. The nurse said you don’t need to do a PSA test as you haven’t got a prostate. It really makes my blood boil


Bri 

User
Posted 14 Feb 2020 at 14:11
😱
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard
User
Posted 15 Feb 2020 at 09:35
I was told also that they won’t do anything until or if it reaches 1.0 but did not say anything about BCR.
User
Posted 16 Feb 2020 at 12:25
Tried messaging you Chris but your inbox is full

If life gives you lemons , then make lemonade
User
Posted 28 Apr 2020 at 08:02

Six years ago today I had my prostate removed, three years ago today I was in the middle of salvage RT. Now, my PSA is on the the rise again and I will have a fancy scan in about a year. This was definitely not in the plan.


 

Thanks Chris
User
Posted 28 Apr 2020 at 10:21

Sorry to read your PSA is rising again Chris. What is your current level and why is it a year before your “fancy” scan? 

Ido4

User
Posted 28 Apr 2020 at 10:49

Ido4 


Last reading in February this year was 0.34 / 0.33.  Onco nurse estimated doubling time at around six months, so in a year it will be above one. The theory is that once above 1.0 the scan may give a better chance of detection ? Next PSA test is early June so we are still tracking it's progress.


Thanks Chris


 

User
Posted 03 Jun 2020 at 11:18

Had blood test at 9.20 yesterday at GPs  and got a text message from onco nurse at 10.40 today. Rise from 0.33 almost four months ago to 0.41. Tele consultation with onco nurse in a week.


Thanks Chris.

User
Posted 03 Jun 2020 at 12:12
Hi Chris

Sorry to hear this. Keeping fingers crossed for you.
User
Posted 03 Jun 2020 at 12:15
Any rise isn’t good Chris but hopefully it won’t start shooting off the scale anytime soon. I suspect the tel conversation won’t bring any surprises. Another test in 4 months?
Take care
Bri
User
Posted 03 Jun 2020 at 12:19
Doesn’t seem too bad Chris. Keep the faith

If life gives you lemons , then make lemonade
User
Posted 03 Jun 2020 at 15:42
Okay, breathe. I don't know where the nurse got a doubling time of <6 months from but I have just put all of your results for the last 2 years into the MSK calculator and your doubling time is 17.1 months with a PSA velocity of 0.1/year

On one hand that gives you lots of breathing space but on the other, that seems to me to be a very long time to wait for a scan. Perhaps it would be better for peace of mind to push for a scan sooner rather than later?
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard
User
Posted 03 Jun 2020 at 16:44

Lyn


Thank you very much for that, when I looked at the results this morning I couldn't get my head around the doubling time. I will talk to her about the scans and might see if I can get a call with my onco who some of know of from the Mill. 


Never quite sure what a safe PSA is for someone who is post surgery and SRT. 


Thanks to you all for your support. 


Thanks Chris


 


 


 

User
Posted 04 Jun 2020 at 09:01

Chris, it doesn’t look too bad from where I am but any rise is worrying, it’s a case of where are the little sods and what are they doing!
Keep strong and ask Onco for that scan, I asked and got ignored, Onco booked one, and he got ignored by Scan team!


Don't let it get as bad as mine, through lack of help from Oncology team. (Mets in 22 places)



Chris.

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User
Posted 04 Jun 2020 at 09:33

Hi Chris, sorry to hear this. Hope you can get a scan organised to see what’s going on.


 

Ido4

User
Posted 04 Jun 2020 at 09:37
Hi Chris

Hope this development doesn't cause you to much worry. Hope you get a scan to put your mind at rest and then hope the results are favourable.

Good luck
Cheers
Bill
 
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