A very close friend was diagnosed with prostate cancer about a year ago. His prostate was removed and he had localized radiation. Today he had a checkup and just emailed me this:
“my doctor took great pains to remind me “you’re not dying.” What did happen is my PSA rose somewhat, from near zero to 1.8. While that’s not that high for normal cases, since I’ve had prostate removal it shouldn’t even be that high. So… I am back on hormones-- I had an injection today, and I’ll be taking daily pills as well. I’ll have everything re-checked in 4 months, and my doctor is pretty confident that the hormone treatments are going to cut into that PSA level. But, this could be a permanent thing, with injections on a regular basis and probably medication as well. In the meantime, I am going to be meeting with an oncologist, just on a consulting basis, and I am also going to have bone and CT scans just to make sure that the cells are still fairly localized.”
He is not a person who looks for more info or detail and generally trusts the doctors to make all the decisions. Which is his choice, but I am wondering does anyone have any more info on what that elevated reading could mean? Is it worse than the doctor made it sound? Better?
Any info much appreciated!