Another monthly post a few days ahead of schedule…
One thing about getting care through the Veterans Administration (VA)—I may see the same doctor only twice before a new one takes over my case. I think they’re on a six-month rotation and I’m on an four-month test cycle. Sometimes, I find the constant change in physicians annoying; other times, I like the idea of a second, third, or fourth opinion for differing perspectives.
This afternoon, I met with Doogie Howser, M.D. to review my PSA results from April. (Okay. He wasn’t actually Doogie. He’s a resident from University of California San Diego and didn’t appear to be much older than Doogie.) He was quite sharp and familiar with some of the more recent research and studies that have been done.
The meeting went pretty much exactly as I expected it to go:
- No real explanation for the yo-yo PSA readings.
- No need to panic yet; we’re not approaching the 0.2 ng/ml recurrence threshold.
- Slight concern about the last two consecutive readings increasing.
- Keep retesting on a four-month cycle.
And that was that.
I’ll go for my next blood draw in August with the follow-up appointment with Doogie (or his replacement) in September.
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One thought on “Month 78 – Discussion with the Doctor”
I have an appointment on Friday. Last checked a month ago my PSA was 63. I’ve been on hormone treatment Lupron and bicalutamide for only a month, which will bring the PSA down. The funky part of this is, as I’ve read in the book by Patrick Walsh Surviving Prostate Cancer, there are two cancer cells. Hormone-sensitive cancer cells and hormone-insensitive. So, the PSA will come down but the insensitive-cells still continue to grow unhindered. Good luck with your battle. Hang in.