Post # 1
Bees, I’m scared. Dh is over 50 & just had a ton of routine bloodwork done. He just switched from a totally careless doctor to mine, so he hadn’t had a panel in 3-4 years. His PSA was 9.5! High normal is 4.0.
The next step is to retest. He’s handling it fine, I’m scared out of my mind. I’m already being treated for major clinical depression, GAD, severe & panic disorder, so I’m not coping so well.
Has anyone else been through this? Medical Bees? Anyone? I don’t even know what the possibilities are other than high PSAs are a sign of prostate cancer.
Post # 2
There are A TON of things that can lead to a high PSA count, including infection, recent ejaculation, etc. That’s why they want to retest. If the retest is still high, then they might do more looking, but if it’s normal, it’s not a big deal. Just wait and see, and trust the doctors.
With PSA you really look at trends, not just a high reading here or there. So hold off on the worry for now, it’s just too early to know anything.
Hope this helps!
Post # 3
sassy411: Yup, been through it. He was retested and he was fine. TRY not to jump to the worst, though I know it’s hard…
Post # 4
Thank you both. That does make me feel better.
Post # 5
Dh’s retest showed his PSAs down to 6.5 which is still above normal (0-4). However, he sees my doctor now, whom I trust completely, especially on diagnostics.
The doctor said when PSAs spike like that & then come down plus a physical check (yuk), he is confident that Dh has prostatitis rather than any type of cancer. He’s put him on Cipro, Advil & baby aspirin. Dh will have another PSA check after the Cipro.
The rest of his physical went great.
Post # 6
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sassy411: I used to work for a urologist and I can give you good news, we rarely lost a patient to prostate cancer. There are so many treatments out there and so long as it’s caught early, the chances of dying from it are super low. Hopefully the antibiotic will lower his PSA but if not he will have lots of options for treatment from non-invasive to a full prostatectomy. Most doctors start out with the least invasive option and then go more invasive as necessary based on the PSA level and other symptoms.
6 is high but the highest we ever saw on our labs was over 100! He was referred immediately to an oncologist for treatment.
Post # 7
Thank you! That is very encouraging!