Methodology of patient care for elevated PSA after prostate cancer treatment: A primary care perspective.

Prostate cancer (PCa) remains one of the most common cancers in men. Each year there are 230,000 new cases and it causes nearly 30,000 deaths. Elevations in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) after treatment with radiation or surgery can indicate the presence of PCa recurrence.

About 15-18% of men treated for PCa will have an elevation of their PSA, which is a source of great concern and will lead to a management discussion with the patient. Approximately 25-33% of men with PCa will experience a recurrence of their cancer after surgery or radiation. This article will discuss the different options for men with a rising PSA after definitive therapy or an attempt at curative treatment for PCa. The purpose of this article is to help the primary care doctor, internist and geriatrician to become knowledgeable about the treatment options of recurrent PCa so that they can participate in the discussion with the patient and help the patient reach a decision regarding treatment and management of the elevated PSA levels, which signal recurrent disease.

Postgraduate medicine. 2015 Jun 29 [Epub]

Neil Baum, Justin Levy

Tulane Medical School - Urology , New Orleans, LA , USA.