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Can PSA numbers go up and down?

Can PSA numbers go up and down?

PSA levels can be confusing. They can go up and down for no obvious reason. They can rise after treatment. And levels tend to be higher in older men and those with large prostates.

What was my PSA reading two years ago?

Two years ago my PSA was measured at 0.4, but in a recent blood test it has increased to 1.8. The lab report shows that an acceptable range is up to 4.0. However, my doctor to have another PSA test in two months’ time. Is such an increase a bit under the 4.0 reading without too much concern?

How are researchers trying to improve the PSA test?

How are researchers trying to improve the PSA test? What is the PSA test? Prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, is a protein produced by normal, as well as malignant, cells of the prostate gland. The PSA test measures the level of PSA in a man’s blood. For this test, a blood sample is sent to a laboratory for analysis.

What should the PSA level be after prostate cancer treatment?

As you are probably aware, both normal prostate cells and prostate cancer cells manufacture PSA. That is why the PSA level should fall to undetectable levels in men treated with radical prostatectomy, in which the prostate is removed, but is not likely to drop to zero in men treated with radiation therapy, even when treatment is successful.

Is the rate of increase in PSA a concern?

The more important factor is the rate of increase. The new PSA test will biopsy. The name of the game is velocity. One more upward rise in 2 months, I’d be asking for a biopsy. Good luck.

What was the PSA of my prostate in 2006?

A 12-core biopsy was negative. In 2006, my PSA dropped to 0.97 ng/ml. In 2007, it went up to 2.54, and I had another biopsy. All 14 cores were negative for cancer. What does this mean for my prostate health? Kevin Loughlin, M.D., M.B.A., director of Urologic Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, responds:

Why does my PSA keep going up and down?

Prostate infections and inflammation may account for some of the variation, as can an enlarged prostate and advancing age. However, the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial found that prostate cancer might be detected in 23.9% of patients with a PSA of 2.1 to 3 ng/ml, so you don’t want to ignore an elevated PSA either.

What is a normal PSA for a 77 year old?

BPH PSA : Normal psa is usually below 4.0 prostate enlarges with age, so psa is proporionate to prostste size. So, psa of 8.0 might be normal for 77 years old. ‘dis-proportionate’ psa, way too high, can mean prostate cancer .

What does a free PSA of 2.5 mean?

A 2008 study of 125 men who had a prostate biopsy showed that the percentage of free PSA in men with a total PSA of 2.5 ng/ml or less could indicate who was most likely to have prostate cancer: 59% of the men with a free PSA of 14% or less had prostate cancer versus just 13% of the men with a free PSA of 28% or more.