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Posted 12 Feb 2021 at 12:00

Hi,Had my prostate remove Jan 2020 and was localised, my PSA is 0.01 now so thats great?


How often should I have blood test now? I had them approx every three months to start with and havnt heard anything from the hospital. Its also very hard to get through to ask?


Thanks


Terry

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Posted 12 Feb 2021 at 12:46

I think NICE says at least every 6 months for first 2 years. Many (most?) urologists and oncologists specify every 3 months for first 2 years. You can probably ask your GP for one. It's better if your tests are all analysed in the same lab, so you could ask if your GP uses the lab as the hospital.

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Posted 13 Feb 2021 at 02:38

Every three months until two years, and six-monthly thereafter.


Cheers, John.

User
Posted 13 Feb 2021 at 14:10

Seems we all have different Terry.   


Mine were 3 monthly for 18months, then 6 monthly up to 3 years and then annual to 5 when all being well I'll be discharged to the GP.


Did they not give the name of a specialist nurse, perhaps a Macmillan nurse, as a contact.  It doesn't sound like it but you could try Patient Liaison.

Edited by member 13 Feb 2021 at 14:15  | Reason: Not specified

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Posted 13 Feb 2021 at 15:16
In some areas of the country, the man goes to his GP for all PSA tests after the first post-op one. Due to Covid, some hospitals that would normally do the PSA test have stopped offering the service to reduce the number of people coming and going.

The letter from the surgeon to your GP after your op should have set out who was responsible for your regular PSA monitoring- do you have a copy of that letter? If your care was transferred to the GP it would normally be your responsibility to phone the practice for an appointment every 3 months rather than their responsibility to remind you.

Where Bollinge lives, there is a completely different system - the patient just goes to a pharmacy to get his PSA test!
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