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How often do doctors check psa and tumor markers for prostate cancer metastasis?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Every 3 months: The ususal timeframe to check for prostate cancer recurrence and monitoring is about every 3 to 4 months. The frequency can change depending on the actual number, however.
Dr. Robert Carroll
Nuclear Medicine 53 years experience
Usually each visit: Psa has high sensitivity for detecting recurrence after radical prostatectomy, but is less sensitive in detecting recurrence after radiation therapy. For monitoring hormone treatment, psa provides a sensitive tool with which to verify treatment response and detect tumor recurrence;.Serial measurements provide reliable evidence.
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
The PSA blood test is ususally performed every 3 to 4 months to monitor the prostate cancer activity.
Oct 13, 2012
Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Every 6 mos for 10yr: We check every 6 months if all looks good for ten years. If something looks suspicious or concerning i will check every three months for a short interim until the problem declares itself one way or another.

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