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User
Posted 15 Mar 2017 at 10:29

I have just joined here, I am on the long path of diagnosis of high PSA tests


I am 66,


in Aug 2016 i had a PSA test and DRE test 


slight enlargement , but soft not hard


PSA test came back at 5.2


had a early appointment with urologist , due to a cancellation, who carried out another DRE


and we agreed to watch and wait for 6mths


6 mts arrived in Feb 2017 had another psa test and this time it showed 8.0


we are now looking at history of symtoms and biopies


week later had a ultra sound scan and urine flow test


and now waiting for next appoint 27th mar 2017  to discuss further with urologist and biopies


Urologist does not seem overly concerned although I am scaried to hell


All this waiting seems to drive you mad with concern and worry, It's the not knowing that does it,


Am I worrying unnecessary? 


Anyone else in similar situation?


thanx Dave

Edited by member 25 Mar 2017 at 20:30  | Reason: Not specified

User
Posted 20 Nov 2017 at 17:25

great news

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User
Posted 15 Mar 2017 at 11:18

Hi David,

Sorry your situation brings you to the forum. Unfortunately, the process of tests and diagnosis in the NHS is often a slow one. It may depend on the hospital you are attending, their waiting list and how much priority is being given to your case. Hopefully they consider you are not an urgent case.

Barry
User
Posted 16 Mar 2017 at 12:43

thanx Barry 


got my fingers crossed


will update as we progress


 

User
Posted 27 Mar 2017 at 13:16

biopsies taken this morning


10 (5 each side )


just a little sore otherwise fine


urologists said my prostate is very large which is likely why PSA is high


5-10 working days wait for results, (fingers crossed)


then either meeting with pathway team  or urologist to see which way we go


Looking promising


Dave

User
Posted 10 Apr 2017 at 08:46

just received a text appointment for meeting with urologist, 22nd May, 6 weeks away


 


no results as such, hmmm, but when he took the biopsies he said if cancerous results would be via pathway team, if benign then appointment would be with him 


As appointment is with him , then i have to assume good news, benign.


 


I think a visit to receptionist is called for to see if i can get the results  confirmed


will update 


FOR THE BENEFIT OF OTHERS MY LAST PSA RESULT WAS 8.0

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User
Posted 10 Apr 2017 at 17:38

that does sound positive, Hopefully you can get confirmation from GP as you suggest.

User
Posted 10 Apr 2017 at 18:33

I'd stick to the positive route too.

Why not ring the urologist's secretary for the result?

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User
Posted 10 Apr 2017 at 19:13

Originally Posted by: Online Community Member


I'd stick to the positive route too.


Why not ring the urologist's secretary for the result?



 


I went to see her this afternoon, she said the results where there , but she could not make head nor tail of them


BUT as urologist has asked to see me and NOT the hospital it looks like it is benign and he will treat it


fingers crossed


Since my visit she has been able to bring my appointment forward to 3rd May which is better


All appointments are done by text with written confirmation, maybe I will have more details in the letter when it arrives in the next couple of days


 

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User
Posted 03 May 2017 at 10:01

So 3rd May arrives and appointment with uro at 8.00am, 
10 out of 10 samples are confirmed as benign, prostate size is confirmed as 68 gms, Explained possible sampling error , uro not too concerned about PSA of 8.0
So now on 6 mths wait and then retest PSA, to see if any rise

Edited by member 03 May 2017 at 20:39  | Reason: Not specified

User
Posted 03 May 2017 at 10:51
Hi Dave

https://prostatecanceruk.org/about-us/what-we-think-and-do/mpmri

Worth a read for the future. My brother psa values were up and down . See my profile. So much more difficult to see psa trends.

His psa had been to 18.
Obviously don't want unnessary biopsies. .

Sounds extremely good news for you.
Thanks for update.


Gordon
User
Posted 20 Oct 2017 at 13:57

6 month PSA test next week wednesday 25th Oct 2017,


 


see urologist on 20 th nov, when back from holiday, for the results


and for hopefully sign off back to GP


will up date 

User
Posted 20 Nov 2017 at 11:42

follow up appointment with urologist this morning


PSA results 7.2   a drop from 8.0


programmed in for PSA retest in 6 mths


although it is down slightly, uro is not concerned due to my BPH


he has suggested regular PSA tests, and if it starts to rise he will want to see me again


he suggested that he would not be concerned until PSA reaches 15

Edited by member 20 Nov 2017 at 11:43  | Reason: Not specified

User
Posted 20 Nov 2017 at 17:25

great news

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard
 
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