Maybe because there seems to be a monopoly situation in the supply of the tracer, the cost of the PSMA scan seems to be going up rather than down in the UK. In Australia, as correctly forecast by the Professor in this video, there has been a considerable increase in the availability of the PSMA test there and they have kept costs down. The Professor said that they only used the Choline scan for about six months before going over to the much superior 68 Gallium PSMA one. This is a far ranging video, not only about this scan but how it can help change treatment plans and it also covers other aspects of PCa in the presentation and the Q&A session that followed. It's quite long and I have previously posted the link but recommend it for those who have not seen it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H-g047os6c
I did consider having my PSMA scan and a short holiday in OZ for the price of the scan in the UK but had to reject the idea for family reasons.
Incidentally, my treating hospital for HIFU, UCLH, believed that the uptake of Choline in an iliac lymph node indicated it was affected by cancer and recommended I start HT. They would not give me the PSMA scan on the NHS. However, other Hospitals I sent the Choline scan to for an opinion were not convinced. I therefore had a PSMA scan done privately and there was no indication of cancer in the suspect node or anywhere else outside the Prostate, so further focal treatment is now being considered without the need for HT, at least if/until the cancer spreads.
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