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Posted 16 Oct 2020 at 20:15
PSA test today. 18 months since I finished my RT, so in theory my PSA should be pretty much at the nadir. Six months ago it was 1.4 so we'll see what it is now. I was on bicalutimide, on which PSA never goes really low as it does with the injected HT, so 1.4 is an entirely reasonable figure. My oncologist told me at the start he'd regard treatment as having been "successful" if the nadir was below 2, so I've already achieved that.

Quite surprised to find that I'm getting pretty stressed about the results. There's really no reason for me to worry, but still I do. I guess "test anxiety" never really goes away, does it?

This test was done at the local hospital rather than my GP's, so I don't know if I'll find out the results via my GP or if I'll have to wait for my phone consultation on 4th Nov. Time will tell, I suppose.

In good health generally. I've lost over two stone since June with a combination of dieting and exercise, and feel a lot better for it. Still need to lose another two stone before I'll no longer be clinically "obese", but I'll get there!

Hope everyone's doing well,


Posted 16 Oct 2020 at 20:59

Hope you are well Chris and you get a good result. I call my GP’s now and ask for the printed ‘blood report’ and if it’s done say before midday it’s usually processed in the lab at local hospital that evening. Fingers crossed you get a good result. The anxiety is an odd thing and like a reset when it comes back without issue. Hope you can relax over the weekend and keep us updated.


Posted 16 Oct 2020 at 22:36
Well done with the weight loss!
Posted 16 Oct 2020 at 23:45

Here’s hoping you get a good result Chris. I ordered that urine bottle tonight 👍🏼

Posted 17 Oct 2020 at 00:41

Good luck Chris.

I don't seem to get PSA anxiety, except in between having the blood taken and getting the result. The lab turns it around in a few hours, and if my GP requests it, I get it the same day or next day from their online system. If the hospital requests it (same lab), my GP can't see it and I have to email the CNS for the result. I may get more PSA anxiety when I come off hormone therapy - that's the next real indication if the RT treatment worked or not.

I have on occasion doctored the hospital blood test form to add my GP onto it, and then I see it on their online system.

Well done on the weight loss too.

Posted 17 Oct 2020 at 11:45

PSA test anxiety never goes away for me.
Here’s hoping for a good result.



Posted 17 Oct 2020 at 21:08
Good luck
Posted 18 Oct 2020 at 20:30
Chris 15 years on PSA anxiety still kicks in. I'm trying to make excuses for not booking next one for end of month.

Good luck on next result.


Posted 21 Oct 2020 at 16:42
Got the result: 1.5, which is slightly up from 1.4 six months ago, but I don't think an increase of 0.1 is of any significance, given that six months ago I was still on HT, and now I'm not. We'll see what they say when I have my phone consultation in a couple of weeks.



Posted 21 Oct 2020 at 19:12
Pretty good result to me.
Posted 21 Oct 2020 at 20:30
Good news Chris

If life gives you lemons , then make lemonade

Posted 21 Oct 2020 at 21:03
Good result, CC 👍
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

Posted 22 Oct 2020 at 20:49

Great result!

Posted 04 Nov 2020 at 11:57
Just had a phone consultation with my cancer nurse as a follow-up to the six-monthly PSA test I had a couple of weeks ago. She confirmed that small rises in PSA are entirely normal as the effects of HT wear off (my PSA went from 1.4 six months ago to 1.5 now), and said that as far as she was concerned everything was looking good, so I can put it all out of my mind again until next May.

Happy days! 😁


Posted 04 Nov 2020 at 12:02

Great news Chris. Hope you can enjoy the festive season as much as possible given Covid. 🍻

Posted 04 Nov 2020 at 12:06
Love it. Xmas blow-out mate

If life gives you lemons , then make lemonade

Posted 04 Nov 2020 at 14:25

Great news Chris. 👍

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