Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Battle Begins

I just saw Doc E. this morning for a follow-up due to a rising PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) of 2.9 to 4.53 in 4 months.
He had been checking my prostate and PSA values for several years without much concern. The gland felt normal on palpation and I am currently asymtomatic.
My father had died of prostate cancer when he was only fifty nine and his brother in his early seventies so, despite my intense fear of finding out bad news, I have been very careful to have frequent exams including a PSA and DRE (Digital Rectal Exam).
Doc had decided to call this "BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) until proven otherwise". Ar my current age of 59, that would not be surprising.
The last jump however seemed to unnerve him a bit and he recommended that I see a urologist for further evaluation.
I was a bit shaken by that news but Doc reassured me that he felt confident that if there WAS an issue, that we were catching it early. In fact, he seemed more concerned about my cholesterol levels than my prostate!
I called Doc K's office when I got home and was able to get an appointment for the following Monday.