Questions and answers for patients with prostate cancer who may need radiation after prostate surgery (prostatectomy)
Understanding My Situation and Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
Prostate Cancer
  1. What is PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)?
  2. Why is my PSA going up even though my prostate has been removed?
  3. Do any other organs produce PSA other than the prostate?
  4. What level of PSA is considered normal after the prostate is removed?
  5. Has my cancer spread?
  6. Should I have any tests done to know exactly where the cancer is located or if it has spread?
  7. What is a ProstaScint scan?
  8. What is choline a PET scan ?
  9. What area will be treated if the prostate is already removed?
  10. Do you see the cancer cells?
  11. After my prostate has been removed, how high can PSA be before it means that the cancer might have spread to other organs?
  12. What does "PSA Recurrence" mean after prostate surgery?
  13. How quickly should I be treated if my PSA is more elevated?
  14. What are my chances for cure?
  15. Why did my treatment not get rid of the cancer after prostate surgery? Why did my cancer come back?
  16. Where exactly is my cancer?
  17. What is my prognosis?
  18. What are my chances of dying from prostate cancer?
  19. Will I die from prostate cancer if we decide not to have radiation after prostate removal?
  20. What would you recommend in my situation if I were your family member?
  21. How will my doctor know if I should have radiation after surgery?
  22. What educational materials can I read to learn about radiation treatment? **

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What is PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)?

Ewa Szumacher, MD, FPCPC, Med