Wednesday, September 15, 2010
While on the road, in a diner, I get the "bad news" about my own PSA through my Blackberry
I couldn’t get a message down in the restaurant, and called back. I got the number as 5.22, ironic since I had been driving on US 522 in Pennsylvania. Normal is 0.1 to 4.00. I suppose that the amount of increase in the past 16 months, since the last test, is important.
I checked the National Cancer Institute’s page on the PSA test, which is here.
It seems that some elevated PSA’s mean nothing, and some indicate benign disease, and that most prostate cancers are very slow growing anyway. But a few are very malignant. My father died of prostate cancer on January 1, 1986, just before his 83rd birthday. But he was ill for only four weeks; his entire life was productive.
Some of the treatments would not be very acceptable to me.
Is a Blackberry a good device for getting personally troubling news?