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What is biochemical recurrence?

Does anyone have biochemical recurrence? What types of treatments have you been taking?


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  • ninaw moderator
    6 months ago

    For those unfamiliar with the term, biochemical recurrence describes a rising PSA after a period of being undetectable, without any other evidence of recurrence. A few years ago, a PSA number was established to define biochemical recurrence, .4ng/mL. This study talks about establishing a standard number: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16921049.

    Biochemical recurrence can be especially nerve-wracking, because you don’t know where the cancerous cells are forming. You’ll want to discuss various treatments as well as active surveillance. This article talks about ways to move forward after biochemical recurrence: https://zerocancer.org/learn/survivors/recurrence/.

    Looking forward to hearing from others. – Nina, ProstateCancer.net Team

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