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Does Elevated PSA Always Mean Cancer?

By    |   Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:34 AM

Question: My husband had his prostate cancer surgery last year, but his latest PSA test showed a slight increase (very small: 0.8). His doctor says there’s nothing to worry about because the increase is so small, and they will keep an eye on it. But how can his PSA be going up if he has no prostate and no cancer?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:  
You have a very valid question, and I believe you and your husband are due further explanation by his urologist. Of course you are concerned he may have evidence of metastatic disease — tumor that has spread beyond the prostate to another part of the body.
You should go back to the doctor and insist upon a further explanation and an explanation of your husband’s options for treatment. If you are unsuccessful, get a different urologist who will explain what’s happening and set up a suitable battle plan for your husband.

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Elevated PSA readings can indicate cancer, but also other less-serious conditions.
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