Monday, January 22, 2007

baseline PSA

Got the results back on the PSA I had done the day before radiation started. 0.7. Not too bad. Based on my previous two scores, I had thought I might be at 0.8 or 0.9. Plenty of research shows you're more likely to benefit from salvage radiation the lower your pre-radiation PSA is. I would have liked to have started before I got to 0.5, but my cancer cells were too rambunctious for that. (If you're reading this for the first time and thinking "geez, what's this guy talking about? Zero point seven? That's nothing! My PSA was 4.2!" the deal is I've had a prostatectomy, so I should not have any measurable PSA by conventional tests--so I've still got cancer, and now I'm undergoing radiation.)

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