Prostate cancer recurrence
Knowing when to act
A year ago, you were quietly celebrating the success of your treatment for prostate cancer. Now, blood tests show that the level of a substance produced by prostate tissue that can also indicate cancer growth — prostate-specific antigen (PSA) — is on the rise.
About 30 percent of men who have an initial prostate cancer removed with surgery (radical prostatectomy) will have a rise in PSA levels at some time. But of that 30 percent, only about a third will end up with a cancer recurrence.