August 17, 2011 by Prostate Dr. · Comments Off
The purpose of this video is to guide you through the stages of the disease, describe factors that affect prognosis, and discuss various treatments that may be appropriate for you. We don’t endorse or recommend one course of treatment over another, but rather provide this information to help you understand your options before you consult with your…»»Read more: Psa levels chart, Psa test results chart & Psa results interpretation
If a man has had surgery to remove the prostate (prostatectomy) PSA should be undetectable. If the man has had radiation or cryosurgery treatment, he will probably still have some viable prostate tissue left. So it may be normal for these men to have PSA in the blood. But the amount of PSA should be fairly low and the amount should be stable from test to test.
If a man has…»»Read more: Treatment after Prostate Cancer: Prostatectomy & PSA
False Positive and False Negative PSA
PSA is indeed a great biomarker for any kind of cancer, but it is not perfect. There are other reasons why prostate PSA test results may be high and in these cases it gives a false indication of cancer; just as there are causes…»»Read more: PSA Test Result Interpretation (PSA Levels reading)
When a man complains of prostate health symptoms, the first procedure that should be done is a DRE (Digital Rectal Exam). And only if the DRE indicates possible presence of BPH/Prostate Cancer will a PSA test be done.
After you have filled out the many forms and paperwork, a blood sample will be drawn for a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. The doctor may also ask that a prostate acid phosphatase (PAP)…»»Read more: PSA Test (PSA Levels): Prostate specific antigen
DRE – How to perform a Digital Rectal Exam
The DRE remains a cornerstone in the diagnosis of prostate cancer, owing to its ease, lack of cost, low risk, and contribution to detection of cancer in men with normal PSA levels. With its low position in the pelvis, below the bladder neck, the anatomic position of the prostate allows palpation of the posterior wall by the finger placed per rectum. The…»»Read more: Digital Rectal Examination (DRE)- Prostate Rectal Exams
Digital Rectal Exams | PSA | Prostate Cancer
Because a part of the prostate gland can be felt through the rectum, an experienced doctor can do a digital rectal exam (DRE) and determine if there is any unusual growth or abnormality. A normal prostate is fairly soft and uniform. If there is prostate cancer present, depending on the stage and location, it may be hard (indurated) with lumps and nodules. If…»»Read more: DRE Digital Rectal Exams in detection of Prostate Cancer (PSA)