A 82-year-old male asked:
i had radiation therapy for prostate cancer 10 years ago. since i've had psa tests yearly. the last three years the psa has risen 0.1, 0.4, 0.5. does th?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez answered
9 years experience Urology
Prostate cancer: A small percent of rad treated pts will recur even this late. A urological eval is warranted. At your age that small amount of psa elevation should not affect your longevity..
Answered on Mar 28, 2014
Dr. Kris Gast answered
31 years experience Radiation Oncology
Rising PSA&CA: I have followed many pts for nearly 20 years now after rt for prostate cancer. I definitely see a rise in the psa at about 8 years and again at 13 years. After each of these rises the psa levels off again and does not continue to climb exponentially. I have worked many a man up with lots of bone scans and cat scans and always find normal results.
Answered on Nov 13, 2018
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At 85, very unlikely: Congratulate you for paddling alone well in coping with prostate cancer after radiation. Now you have rising PSA after definite treatment which may happen up to 45-50% of so treated patients but is usually inconsequential for longevity and quality of life, but occasionally few. So, keep on annual or biannual PSA + DRE (digital rectal exam). Besides, it is worthwhile to follow alkaline phosphatase.
Answered on May 13, 2016
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