As part of my visit to UCLH on Wednesday for my outpatient’s appointment I also had a blood test and today I got the results which are for the most part ok but one of the things I keep a close eye on is the PSA or Prostate Specific Antigen.
And on Wednesday at the time of the blood test my PSA was 305 which of course is very high and has gone up 10 from 295 at the start of June.
While it has gone up, I am actually pleased that it has not gone up by much. That said I started the year with a PSA of 150 so it has doubled over a six-month period.
For those who may not know the PSA for my age should be around 4 so 305 is very high but it has been as high as 1,585 so in many ways it is in a good place.
The PSA is not an indication of cancer but a high or rising PSA can suggest some kind of problem with the prostate like an infection or cancer. But as we know that I have Prostate Cancer any rise in the PSA most likely means an increase in cancer activity (growth).
This of course all ties in with the Lutetium treatment ceasing to be effective against the cancer and so hardly comes as a surprise.
When I start my new treatment, Carboplatin, in a couple of weeks I will be looking for a decrease in my PSA and the bigger the decrease the better.
So watch this space as I will be taking a keen interest in my PSA over the coming months.