My PSA is 4.9 at 56

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On June 7, 2021, I learned that my PSA level is 4.9, which is pretty high for my age (56). I gotta go back in 6 weeks to get another blood test done for PSA. I am hoping that my PSA goes down or remains the same.

If my PSA level continues to rise, this is a bad situation. My father died from prostate cancer in April 2010. An elevated PSA is caused by different things (aging, infection in the prostate and cancer). I'm sure there are a few more reasons for an elevated PSA, but typically cancer is the culprit in most men.

The only way to know for sure is to experience a prostate biopsy. The VA Hospital does not put patients to sleep for this anal procedure. Patients are simply sedated (put in a twilight zone). I am not too thrill about the procedure if needed in the future. So, I am not rushing into a prostate biopsy.

I don't know if you know, but sedation is not the same as general anesthesia. I know the prostate biopsy procedure is not without pain but it is the only way to determine the reason why the prostate is growing. Do you know if I can get general anesthesia outside the VA Hospital? I am talking about a private urologist. I welcome all replies in this regard.

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Sorry for the loss of your parent.

You may have treatment options even within the Veterans Affairs medical system. My current hometown includes many veterans but lacks several medical specialists. The VA transports patients to hospitals with better outcomes for certain procedures. Perhaps you could locate a facility that meets your criteria. I understand the VA is establishing closer ties to other Federal systems such as Medicare that include civilian practices; worth discussing with your VA doctor and patient advisor.
 
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Sorry for the loss of your parent.

You may have treatment options even within the Veterans Affairs medical system. My current hometown includes many veterans but lacks several medical specialists. The VA transports patients to hospitals with better outcomes for certain procedures. Perhaps you could locate a facility that meets your criteria. I understand the VA is establishing closer ties to other Federal systems such as Medicare that include civilian practices; worth discussing with your VA doctor and patient advisor.

Thank you for the information. I will investigate further before running into a prostate biopsy situation. My PSA would need to be at least above 8.0 before I would even consider such a procedure. I'll keep you posted.
 
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Thank you for the information. I will investigate further before running into a prostate biopsy situation. My PSA would need to be at least above 8.0 before I would even consider such a procedure. I'll keep you posted.
Sorry about your father.

Some general information on PSA biopsy and conditions that can raise PSA

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/prostate-cancer/

NO screening in the UK as the test is considered inconclusive, mine was via a volunteer group.

It was only after having the test and reading into it that I discovered the issues with the test.

Hopefully you talk through all the options with your GP.

Good luck
 
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As an old guy I would also point out that although "twilight sleep" is not without issues (ask Michael Jackson...oops you can't), the more powerful anesthetics can cause a host of issues, particularly for ongoing mental acuity as we age. There are no perfect solutions, but take the time to do the research: this is not an emergency. Of course best of luck. I personally have been very impressed by most medical practitioners.
 
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Sorry about your father.

Some general information on PSA biopsy and conditions that can raise PSA

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/prostate-cancer/

NO screening in the UK as the test is considered inconclusive, mine was via a volunteer group.

It was only after having the test and reading into it that I discovered the issues with the test.

Hopefully you talk through all the options with your GP.

Good luck
Thank you for the link provided. I will keep you informed. Praying that it is not cancer.
 
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I think your own physicians are a better source then us. They do these frequently and are unlikely to suggest an anesthesia type that is inappropriate. They should be familiar with normal patient concerns; your question doesn't sound unique to me. Anesthesia is complex with more choices than the general public normally understands.

I know nothing about prostate biopsies. However, I did have arthroscopic knee surgery (partial meniscectomy) with deep sedation and felt nothing. Also a couple of colonoscopies with less sedation without discomfort.
 
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I think your own physicians are a better source then us.
This is the bottom line (ack! sorry about the unintentional pun).

With this good advice, the thread is closed.
 
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