Users' questions

What should my PSA level be after a radical prostatectomy?

What should my PSA level be after a radical prostatectomy?

After radical prostatectomy the PSA level should be below this nadir value of 0.1 ng/ml and can then be considered as “undetectable”. Prostate specific antigen levels after radical prostatectomy in patients with organ confined and locally extensive prostate cancer. ].

When does your PSA go down after a prostate biopsy?

Not all doctors agree on exactly what PSA level might require further action (such as a prostate biopsy or treatment). Again, talk to your doctor so you understand what change in your PSA might be considered cause for concern. Your PSA should fall to a very low or even undetectable level within a couple of months after radical prostatectomy.

Can a rise in PSA be a sign of prostate cancer?

Seeing a rise in PSA level does not always mean that prostate cancer is returning or spreading. The test is very sensitive and can pick up small changes in PSA levels. Doctors will usually want to know how quickly levels of PSA in the blood are rising.

Can a man get prostate cancer again after a prostatectomy?

A doctor may recommend PSA testing to determine if the prostate cancer has returned after surgery. It is possible for prostate cancer to return after a prostatectomy. One study from 2013 suggests that prostate cancer recurs in around 20–40 percent of men within 10 years of having a radical prostatectomy.

What should your PSA be after prostatectomy?

Ideally, your post-prostatectomy PSA will be undetectable, or less than 0.05 or 0.1 nanograms of PSA per milliliter of blood (ng/mL). If that’s the case, your doctor may call it a remission.

What causes elevated PSA after prostate removal?

Infection or inflammation of the prostate gland or remaining prostate tissue can cause your PSA levels to increase. If you have increasing PSA levels after surgery for an enlarged prostate, your doctor might recommend: A wait-and-see approach.

What is the normal PSA level for prostate cancer?

There’s no such thing as a normal PSA for any man at any given age, but most men with prostate cancer have a higher than normal level. In general: Safe for most: 2.6 to 4 ng/mL. Talk with your doctor about other risk factors Suspicious: 4 to 10 ng/mL. There’s a 25% chance you have prostate cancer. Dangerous: 10 ng/mL and above.

What is a normal PSA level after prostate removal?

The normal PSA range in men who have undergone surgery to remove the prostate gland is 0 ng/mL. Some labs however consider PSA levels of under 2.5 ng/mL or under 3 ng/mL as being in the normal range.