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Posted 24 September 2016 05:21:59(UTC)
My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012. He had to have part of his themah bone removed and strengthened as in the consultants words a few cells had spread to that area. My dad has been doing really well going for regular blood tests and oncolagy,His treatment started with the hormone injections and 1 tablet a day and the psa tests were always around 0.5 to 0.2 then it gradually started creeping up it got to 4 so they took him off the hormone injection and 1 tablet and put him on new medication of 4 really big tablets a day hes been on them now for about 10 months and his psa level went down to 0.1. He had an appointment with oncolagy yesterday and its gone back up to 1 so the consultant has said to take 5 of the tablets a day. And also thst because it has been 4 years since he was diagnosed that they should do a ct scan. Its quite worrieing thinking do they think its spresd and that is why they are doing the ct scan. I was doing well with everything i was totally devastated when he was diagonsed but then he had the op on his themah that went really well and you would not think hes had any thing done. Then hus psa tests were low results so we all were relieved. But now the devastating feeling has come back since the appointment yesterday. My dad is also my best friend and has always been the hub of the whole family. Do any one know what is a good psa level as i have reasearched it but it really dont give you what is ideal thankyou
Posted 24 September 2016 10:04:20(UTC)

Welcome !

Sadly there is no 'ideal' PSA level for someone who has prostate cancer - it's not like haemoglobin or Vitamin D, say, where you can look at a number and say 'that's low / high / just right'.

But PSA can still be useful to the doctors, in that a rise in PSA suggests that the treatment might not be working as well as it was. Depending on your fathers exact history and current treatment, they would be able to say (for example) "if it goes above 1.0, we'll increase the dose and/or rescan and/or change treatment".

Your father's cancer may or may not have spread; but they are on the case, and there may still be a range of alternatives available ...

How long until he has the scan?


-- Andrew --

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Posted 24 September 2016 12:10:04(UTC)

Hello Lisa and welcome to the site.

As Andrew says, there is no black and white written down that says this is a good PSA or a bad PSA.

Think of the scan as a precaution. Be grateful that the medical staff have taken on the possibility of spread because if it has they will be on the ball with treatment.

Please don't stress about what might be. We have many on here with very high PSA, spread and incurable but they get on daily with their lives, enjoying life even.

The site is quieter at weekends but I expect others will be along at some stage.

In the meantime, your best friend is in good hands, and has the support of a loving family.

Best Wishes



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