My visit to the doctor this afternoon to review my latest PSA results (0.06 ng/ml) went just as I expected it would:
- There’s no definitive explanation for the elevated PSA yet.
- The elevated PSA seems to be stable, so no need to panic about recurrence.
- Retesting in four-month cycles will continue for the foreseeable future.
I’m okay with all of that. I seem to have turned the corner where I’ll always be concerned about my PSA, but I’m not going to let it control my life. It’s too consuming.
He reminded me of how slowly PSA can change and that we shouldn’t even begin to think about any intervention unless the PSA starts creeping up into the 0.15–0.18 range. That’s fine by me. If we get to that point, I’m going to be much more deliberate in selecting what, if any, salvage therapy would be appropriate given where I’m at in life and the potentially debilitating side effects that impact quality of life.
So I’ll call that visit a positive end to 2016. Let’s hope for a happy, healthy 2017!