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Hi. Stumbled on this site and am happy I did. I am 62 years old.....Looking for some general sense/direction as to next steps.
I'll try to briefly describe my situation…
Normal PSA ran around 3.6…had prostititus 20 years ago
Have all the signs of an enlarged prostate.....real urge to urinate :)
On 4/13:PSA 4.2
On 12/13:PSA 6.2
Internist recommended Urologist visit; DRE nothing, another PSA 7.0 15% free
Had Biopsy(ugh): 20 samples 18 clean 2 suspicious – not confirmed cancerous (diagnosis was I believe ASAP)
PSA was still 7.0
New PSA 10/14: 8.8……
Obviously my Urologist wants a) PCA3 test… b) another biopsy
I'm an alternative health guy and even if I finally received a cancerous diagnosis – which I havent gotten yet… I feel I'd try other methods to improve my prostate health…..just kinda feel like its a never ending revolving door of testing. Ugh….
Any feedback is appreciated.
I just wanted to give an update from the last time I wrote here. If I recap what where I was in 3 years my PSA went from 3.6 to 8.8. So last year Jan 2014 when I hit 6.6. I had my first biopsy...ASAP was the diagnosis. Several pre cancerous cells but no definitive cancer. Suggestion another biopsy in 6 months. Dec 2014 had another biopsy. Again ASAP...a few more pre cancerous cells...nothing definitive but a PSA of 8.8. Recommendation another biopsy. I was rather unhappy with the revolving door of PSA and biopsy I was on...
I decided to try a couple of alternative options. I researched and found an Amazonian based herbal company that has a short protocol to address Prostate cancer - even though there was never a diagnosis. So I followed the protocol. I also started drinking a lemon/ginger/tumeric juice each morning for inflammation.
So I put off my blood test till November and crossed my fingers that my PSA would be better - knwing if it went up from 8.8 Id have to make a decision. Low and behold it was 5.0-best it had been in a couple of years. Everyone seemed satisfied that there was no progression and at least for now it ended the carousel of biopsies.
I know this isnt typical. Many men here have been diagnosed and are struggling with that issue. I was on the front end struggling with the quai-science of the PSA and the ultimate test-the biopsy.
I wasnt sure this was a good news story just really my update. Thanks for all who wrote to me with their encouragement and interest....
Bill's e-mail address is: wfobrien AT optonline.net (replace "AT" with "@")
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